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"I love Otso, because he is a good person."

Translation:Minä rakastan Otsoa, koska hän on hyvä ihminen.

July 27, 2020



Can someone explain why it's "hyvä ihminen" and not "hyvää ihmistä" in the partitive form?


"Ihminen" is a countable word and we are talking about one person so nominative is used. It can be confusing when "Otsoa" is in the partitive. That's because the verb "rakastaa" always needs the partitive no matter what (it's a partitive verb, there are others too).


What Anna said.

Think of the fact that there are two phrases in this sentence: Otso is the object of your love in the first, but he is the subject doing the "being" in the second.


Very helpful, thank you!


On the subject of partitive forms, (ihminen versus ihmistä), is that the reason that in the 'love' course we are getting so many alternate words? For example tätä vs tämä, minua vs mina, are these also based on partitives?


_Kyllä, they are the partitive forms of those pronouns.

For instance the demonstrative pronouns:

  • tämä -> tätä
  • tuo -> tuota
  • se -> sitä
  • nämä -> näitä
  • nuo -> noita
  • ne -> niitä
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