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"Korjaatko lamppua?"

Translation:Are you fixing the lamp?

July 22, 2020



What's the difference between using the partitive and using the nominative in sentences like this? I'm usually good with using the partitive with mass nouns, but I'm having a harder time with picking the correct case in phrases like this with countable nouns.


Read this! The use (and formation) of partitive case is explained very well here and I specifically suggest you read 1.5. With irresultative phrases. https://uusikielemme.fi/finnish-grammar/grammatical-cases/the-partitive-case-partitiivi/#formation

Also: in this sentence nominative is just wrong. You could use partitive or genetive, but the meaning is different.

Korjaatko lamppua? (partitive) = Are you fixing a/the lamp?

Korjaatko lampun? (genetive) = Are you going to fix the lamp?


More specifically, "lampun" isn't really the genitive, it's a genitive-looking accusative. Only personal pronouns and the question pronoun "kuka" (ken) meaning "who" have clearly distinct accusative forms (minut, sinut, hänet, kenet). So when other words are whole objects in a sentence, their accusative forms resemble other cases, including the genitive.


Why "Do you fix the lamp?" is not correct?


Why is "do you fix the lamp" incorrect?


The t in korjatjo is almost impossible to hear


could this mean do you fix lamps?

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