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.

6 comments:

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" http://www.sanakirja.org/search.php?id=816537&l2=3

jose peirano said...

Kiitos paljon! halauksia Argentiinasta!