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What is the difference between Soulainen and Soulaista?

August 1, 2020



Suolainen is in the nominative case (the subject of the sentence), Suolaista is in the partitive case.


As suolainen (prativiivi: suolaista) is an adjective, it can be used as attribute to a noun (i.e. beside the noun). Then there both noun and adjective take the same case. When the adjective stands after "on" it must sometimes take partitiivi, because of the content of the noun (cf. link in the other comment).


Just throwing an example here to demonstrate: "a salty fish" = "suolainen kala" "I'm eating a salty fish" = "syƶn suolaista kalaa".

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