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"Onko sinulla uusi poikaystävä?"

Translation:Do you have a new boyfriend?

July 22, 2020

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

Why "poikaystävä" and not "poikaystävää"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna839191

well both "uusi poikaystävä" and "uutta poikaystävää" are correct but they don't mean the same (the difference is pretty subtle). We don't know the context so both options should be fine.

"Onko sinulla uusi poikaystävä?" sounds like the speaker has found out that the person they are talking to is going out with somebody or something similar.

"Onko sinulla uutta poikaystävää?" sounds like the speaker doesn't know if the on they are talking to has a boyfriend or not and they don't have any info on the person's dating life


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

The more I learn about the partitive case, the more I understand (I think) the idea of complete vs. incomplete.


[deactivated user]

    Yes, "onko sinulla something" can be usually thought of as "any of something".

    Onko sinulla kakku. Do you have a cake.

    Onko sinulla kakkua. Do you have [any] cake.


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

    While this answer using a vague "something" appears to clarify though more confusing in its irrelevance to this discussion on the "partitive


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Howard860606

    In UK English we would also say "Have you got..."

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