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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The difference between mennä and käydä

I have written about the verb käydä before, but here's a post about the difference between mennä and käydä.

Mennä only indicates that someone is going somewhere. That's it.

  • Mä menen kuntosalille. - I'm going to the gym. 
  • Mä menen kauppaan. - I'm going to the store. 
  • Mä menen lenkille. - I'm going for a run / walk.
  • Mä menen sunnuntaina Helsinkiin. - I'm going to Helsinki on Sunday. 

Käydä has the idea that you either do something kind of regularly or go somewhere and only stay there for a short time.

  • Mä käyn kuntosalilla.  - I go to the gym. (It's my hobby.)
  • Mä käyn kaupassa mieluiten illalla. - I prefer going to the shop in the evening. (That's what I usually do.)
  • Mä käyn lenkillä.  - I'll go jogging. (I'll be back soonish.)
  • Mä käyn sunnuntaina Helsingissä. - I'll visit Helsinki on Sunday. (I'll be back before the day is over.)
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My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. You can subscribe to this blog from the right-hand banner. 

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