Thursday, September 15, 2016

Puoli

Here's a post about puoli, which is usually a half or a side. Kiitos ideasta to the person who suggested this topic.


Puolikas is a half of something. Ei puolikasta is a great song that any Finnish woman over 50 will eagerly perform after a glass of wine or two.

3 comments:

  1. Kiitos vastauksestasi :). Though I still don't understand why "puolen" is sometimes used when case agreement would suggest otherwse. Another example: "Toiselle puolen majaa, pojat, toiselle puolen!". Though a page later in the book you can find "[...] paalutuksen toiselle puolelle."

    And another grammatical quirk for another post idea. I've seen structures like "se on maailman kauneimpia" (I've come up with this example, I hope it's correct) - that is a partitive plural is used with a singular noun to indicate it's belonging to some group. Is there a rule or explanation for that?

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  2. Oh yes, in your examples, "puolen" and "puolelle" are the same. "Puolen" sounds a more old-fashioned.

    "Se on maailman kauneimpia" has to do with the superlative. It could also be "Se on yksi maailman kauneimpia / kauneimmista". Then it could be more clear to understand that it means "one of the most beautiful ones in the world."

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  3. OK, so these are just alternatives that give the sentence a different undertone. Thanks :).

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