Thursday, July 5, 2018

How to say the "ing" form in Finnish

Sometimes people ask me how to say the English -ing form in Finnish. I came up with these examples of reading:

1. Indicative verb form with a partitive object

  • Luen hyvää kirjaa. - I'm reading a good book.

2. MA infinitive (inessive, elative, adessive or abessive)

  • Olin kirjastossa lukemassa. - I was at the library reading. 
  • Milloin tulet lukemasta? - When will you come from reading?
  • Voit oppia lisää lukemalla. - You can learn more by reading.
  • En voi olla lukematta tätä kirjaa! - I can't be without reading this book!

4. VA participle

5. E-infinitive instuctive

  • Lapsi juoksi itkien kotiin. - A child run home crying

6. Essive

  • Istuin väsyneenä bussissa. - I sat on the bus feeling tired. 

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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 contact me through You can subscribe to this blog from the right-hand banner. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Minä haluan kysyä sinulta?