Thursday, December 19, 2013

löytää - lyödä

These two verbs are often mixed, probably because of the diphtongs öy, and öi are kind of tricky anyway. I hope that this post helps you to remember the difference.

Löytää is to find, and its four important forms are löytää, löydän, löysin and löytänyt.

  • Sinun on pakko löytää se avain. - You must find the key.
  • En löytänyt sitä mistään. - I didn't find it anywhere. 
  • Minä kyllä löydän sen! - I'll definitely find it!
  • Kuka tämän löysi? - Who found this?
  • Mistä sinä löysit tämän? - Where did you find this? (Notice that we find from somewhere.)
  • Ihanaa, että löysin sinut! - How lovely that I found you!

Lyödä is to hit, to punch. The four important forms are lyödä, lyön, löin and lyönyt.

  • Älä lyö! - Don't hit!
  • Kumpi löi ensin? - Who punched first?
  • En minä lyönyt! - It wasn't me who hit!
  • Ei saa lyödä! - No hitting!
  • Miksi sinä löit pikkusiskoa? - Why did you hit your little sister?
  • Onko sinua koskaan lyöty? - Have you ever been punched?

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About the author of this blog:  

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish.


Tommy Quist said...

Yeah, I used to mix these up a lot when I started.

Omid H. said...

I jus wanna "lyödä" one of those off the finnish language to make my life easier :D

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's horrible when spelling actually matters.

jose peirano said...

Hi! I can´t find in any online translator wich is the correct verb used in Finnish for hitting something with the head... In english would be to give a "headbutt" I guess, like in soccer for example, when you HIT the ball with your head. Would it be "puskea"? :-) Thanks for your time!

Hanna Männikkölahti said...

Joo, "puskea" on oikea sana. Puskea palloa.
Jossain muussa kontekstissa, esimerkiksi tappelussa, voi olla myös "iskeä päällä"

jose peirano said...

Kiitos paljon! halauksia Argentiinasta!