Thursday, July 3, 2014

kansa - kanssa

First of all, kansa means people or nation. Kanssa is with or as well.

  • Tulitko sä Matin kanssa? - Did you come with Matti? (Matin kaa in spoken language.)
  • Kenen kanssa sä asut? - Who do you live with?
  • Mulla menee hermot tämän esseen kanssa! - I'm losing my mind (nerves) with this essay!
  • Onko teillä kakkua? Mulle kanssa! - Do you have cake? Some for me, too! (Mulle kans in spoken language.)

Kanssa is sometimes used too much. Usually the adessive ending lla or llä works better, and you might even need a totally different structure in Finnish:

  • Syö haarukalla ja veitsellä! - Eat with a fork and knife!
  • Kaivoitko tuon kuopan lapiolla vai paljain käsin? - Did you dig that hole with a spade or with your bare hands?
  • Ei saa juosta sakset kädessä! - No running with scissors!

2 comments:

  1. If you use kanssa when saying "running with scissors", it may mean the scissors are running too.

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  2. um not really. I mean, yes it could mean that but nobody would really think thats the case. anyways, what I wanted to write here in the first place, was that we actually use it like that too, "saksien kanssa, puukon kanssa".

    "joku tyyppi heilu puukon kanssa baarin eessä". thats all. peace and love.

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