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"We are painting the chair."

Translation:Me maalaamme tuolia.

July 16, 2020



Is it necessary to include "Me" in this sentence when the conjugated verb already indicates the person is we?


It's not often you get to have cognates in Finnish and English but here is one: tuoli = chair ~ stool


When Finnish and English shares a cognate, it's usually because of the heavy influence of Swedish, which is like a cousin of English.


Several sentences of this exercise have the direct object in partitive (or is it a different case with the same form?? You never know...) Is the direct object ALWAYS in partitive, regardless of whether it's a part of something or a whole object? Why aren't there any Tips for this Unit? I miss them so much... Thank you!!!


There are no direct and indirect objects in Finnish grammar, only objects. What is an indirect object in English is an adverbial in Finnish. Partitive case is applied to an object when the verb expresses an ongoing or irresultative action, or when the object is partial. Otherwise accusative case is used.


Nice explanation. So I guess when the chair has been painted, and you express this, it won't be partitive?


Yes, it will be then be in genitive-accusative.


Thank you, Kristian!!

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