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"There is a child, who wants some peace and quiet, sitting on the ground."

Translation:Maassa istuu lapsi, joka haluaa olla rauhassa.

July 22, 2020

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OpenOcean

Wouldn't it be more helpful to have the English version in the same order as the Finnish answer? "On the ground sits a child, who wants some peace and quiet."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarieHe95

Where is the quiet in the Finnish? I'm not a native English speaker so I might not understand it right, but wouldn't just peace be enough?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristianKumpula

"To have some peace and quiet" is an idiomatic expression that isn't idiomatic at all in Finnish if it's replicated word-for-word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paxpaquin

I had heard that the word order is more flexible in Finnish than in English (or French), but I am wondering whether there is still a tendency to put the location (e.g., here: "maassa) at the very beginning of the sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nimporte-qui

I think word order plays a similar role to marking definiteness in English. So:

Maassa istuu lapsi = A child is sitting on the ground

Lapsi istuu maassa = The child is sitting on the ground


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/btopps

Same question. It seems to be the form of all the examples in this lesson but not sure if it's mandatory


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SIMON649717

Hey, this is pretty cool! I came here to learn Finnish, and now I'm learning a few things about English usage, too, even though it's my mother tongue. Thank you and a tip of the hat to espeket and Kristian.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espeket

the commas should be removed from the English translation


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristianKumpula

That's right. The relative clause is restrictive so there is no need for the commas.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snickesnack

This sentence in English is totally reversed. It seems wrong.

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