Sunday, September 22, 2013

Talking about the future in Finnish super easy: just use the present tense! However, here are some ways to emphasize that you are talking about the future, not present:

1. Time adverbs and conjunctions

  • Mä teen sen huomenna. - I'll do it tomorrow. 
  • Mä menen ensi viikonloppuna Helsinkiin. - I'm going to Helsinki next weekend. 
  • Mä soitan sulle, kun mä olen perillä. - I will call you when I'm there. 

2. Future verbs aikoa and meinata

  • Mä aion ostaa uuden auton. - I'm intending to buy a new car. 
  • Mitä sä meinaat tehdä huomenna? - What are you planning to do tomorrow?

3. Using a present and a perfect tense together in a sentence

  • Mä soitan sulle kun putkimies on lähtenyt. - I will call you when the plumber has left. 
  • Vastaan sinulle sitten kun olen lukenut tämän sopimuksen. - I will answer you once I've read this contract. 

4. Using the verb tulla and the MA-infinitive illative

  • Sinä tulet katumaan tätä! - You will regret this!
  • En tule ikinä antamaan sinulle anteeksi. - I will never forgive you. 
  • Kuinka monta kurssia sinulla tulee olemaan ensi syksynä? - How many courses will you have next fall?

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Tommy Quist said...

I suppose "putkmies" should say "putkimies"

Never heard "meinata" before. Sounds like it's one of those words taken from Swedish (and after a lookup Wiktionary seems to concur)

Hanna said...

Kiitos Tommy, korjasin putkimiehen. :) Joo, 'meinata' on varmaan tullut ruotsista ja on puhekielisempi kuin 'aikoa'.

Unknown said...

I remember so well that my teacher told me i cant write "mä olen“, because "mä" is puhekieli and "olen" is kirjakieli. Both of them should me same form. Only "mä oon" and "minä olen". Isn`t it?

Random Finnish Lesson / Hanna Männikkölahti said...

I usually say 'mä oon', but I think that in some dialects people say 'mä olen'. Turku area, perhaps?