Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Past tense in a nutshell

I have so many posts that have something to do with the past tense! I have nothing to add right now, but I just wanted to collect them all in one post. :)


4 comments:

  1. Hei Hanna! Once again I encountered in a book something that baffled me: "...sitä tehtävää, jonka annoit minulle lähettäissäsi minut tänne...". I get the meaning, but I have no clue as to what this grammatical form "lähettäissäsi" is. It looks like "lähettää" + "-i" + "-ssä" + "-si". But is this really some form of "lähettää"? If so, what is this? Looks like plural inessive of the A-inifinitive, but I though this infinitive can only take the nominative and translative cases.

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  2. Hmm.. I'm guessing that it should be "lähettäessäsi", and in that case, it would be the inessive form of E-infinitive. The meaning is the same, but the other form sounds very old.

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  3. I actually found this page when trying to find an answer: http://www.helsinki.fi/vvks/index.html I'd say "lähettäissäsi" is just an old form of "lähettäessäsi".

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  4. Ha, "lähettäessäsi" is excatly what I thought of, right after I posted the question :). I wonder if there's a grammar book of old Finnish (preferably in English...).

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