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"Äiti, saanko jäätelöä?"

Translation:Mother, can I get some ice cream?

July 24, 2020

14 Comments


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

"Mother, can I have some ice cream?" should be accepted too?


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

Yup, it should, but it's not yet (reported on 27 July 2020).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/the-Fred

reported once more....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mpre53

Unfortunately the old distinction between "can" and "may" has disappeared from colloquial English, at least in the US. Saanko would be "may I get" or "may I have" when I was in elementary school.


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

I was about to ask: Does Finnish have words to differenciate "can" and "may?"


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

In British English of my generation, it would be "Can I have" - implying that the mother would give it. "Can I get" implies that the child would go to get it from the fridge or from the ice-cream van. This sentence has quite different meanings in English on the two sides of the Atlantic.


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

"mother, do i get some ice cream?" can be accepted or not?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emile-_-

It doesn't sound very natural but I think it's technically correct


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

"My brother got ice cream. My sister got ice cream. Mother, do I get ice cream?"


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

How many children call their mothers Mother? Mum/Mummy should be accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mpre53

Mom/mum/mommy etc is usually mutsi, I thought? Like isi for dad or daddy.

But in my experience, young children, pre-adolescent ones, address their mothers as äiti. It's the most commonly heard word on a Nysse bus, lol.


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

Mutsi is quite a bit ruder than mom/mum/mommy, though. Äiskä would be more similar to isi.


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

Would "Mother, may I get some ice cream" be a correct, too?

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