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"Hänellä on veitsi!"

Translation:She has a knife!

July 7, 2020



He has the knife should also be an accepted alternative.


That would be Veitsi on hänellä. :)


And "They have a knife"


That would be ”Heillä on veitsi” (unless you are advocating the singular they).


Always. It's a better translation for hän and it's derivatives than he/she, since they can only sometimes be inferred from the rest of the sentence.


Because hänellä is already gender neutral, you still use hän or hänellä in Finnish for anyone identifying as "they" or "xi". It's only the issue into English sadly.


"What do you have?" "A knife!" "NO"


Does veitsi refer to only the cutlery knife and not an arm-knife?


Veitsi, terä, and (less commonly) puukko all seem to be used. Terä seems to be a generic "blade" including the cutting head of an axe, or the descriptor of the edge - veitsenterällä. Puukko seems to be a sheathed knife. Piikkari and tikari seem to be specific to things like daggers and stiletto knives. Hopefully someone else will jump in with more specifics!


terä cannot be used as a synecdoche for the whole knife/sword in Finnish the same way "blade" works in English. It always refers only to the sharp edge. puukko is usually reserved for traditional Finnish sheathed knives (although many people call cheap Mora knives puukko too). piikkari is actually a running shoe for track & field, so it has nothing to do with knives. A dagger is indeed called tikari, but a switchblade is usually called stiletti. A machete is viidakkoveitsi, literally "jungle knife". A small pocket knife is called linkkuveitsi in Finnish. :)


Ei, tämä on vetsi!


"Vetsi" ei ole sana.


How can we know that "a knife" is meant ? I think that also "the knife" should be accepted !


That would be Veitsi on hänellä! which means either "S/he has the knife" or "S/he is the one who has the knife". If veitsi is at the end of the sentence, it's "a knife". :)


She must be annnabell

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