Friday, May 26, 2017

niin - näin - noin - nain

Just a small post for the weekend about words that are very similar to each other. Do you know the difference between niin, nain, näin and noin?

I have a separate posts about these two:


Näin is like this, so, and I saw:

  • Tee näin. - Do like this.
  • Ai se on näin kallis! - Oh it's so expensive! (Whatever you're talking about is kind of close to you.)
  • Minä näin sinut eilen. - I saw you yesterday.

Noin is like that or so, and it is used what you can point at something.

  • Ei noin! - Not like that!
  • Ai se on noin kallis. - Oh it's so expensive. 

Related posts and links:

5 comments:

  1. I always appreciate your informative posts, kiitos lähettämästä!

    Will this sound good enough:
    No niin, näin näin kauan sitten, että näin meidät vanhoja kuvia ja luulen: "Noin kauan sitten..."

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  2. Thank you for a good topic, but still it is confusing me :( Those "niin, näin and noin" and a meaning of "like this/that, so" (mainly niin/näin seem to me identical). I am not able to distinguish by myself when to use which one... I don't know how to decide which one to use. Can you please give me some hint? Kiitos!! :)

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  3. hi:) İ know it'll a lit bit weird in this topic but i cant find your email add.i am very beginner in finnish.these days i am trying to learn days and months but i cant understand differences between them.for example tammikuu and tammikuussa or maanantai and maanantaina?

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    1. tammikuu is in nominative meaning January, but tammikuussa is in inessive case (finnish has about 14 cases) meaning in January. The same is with days, but there essive case is used (so maanantaina = on Monday). Each case may be used for more different situations. You will learn those later. But important to know for you know is that with months -ssa is used as well as for days -na is used (also, you may see -ssa/-ssä endings later on, it is because of the vocal harmony)

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  4. Kiitos vastauksesta, Sirithiliel! :) Mulla on myös tällainen Memrise-kurssi, josta voi olla hyötyä: https://www.memrise.com/course/804659/ajanilmaisuja-time-expressions/

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