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"Puhutte japania."

Translation:You speak Japanese.

July 10, 2020



Is this sentence a command?


This is just a statement. Were it a command, the verb would need to be in the imperative mood.

If you're commanding a single person, sinä, the imperative is the verb form which is used after negation. So 'Puhu japania!': "Speak Japanese!" and 'Laula hiljaa': "Sing quietly!"

If you're commanding multiple people, te, then you take the 3rd person plural form of the verb, like puhuvat, and replace the -vat ending with -kaa. So 'Puhukaa japania!' and 'Laulakaa hiljaa!'

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