3rd person conditional

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cssc
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3rd person conditional

Post by cssc » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:29 pm

After a bit of study, I get why this:

Luulin, että siinä menisi enemmän aikaa.

equals this:

I thought it would take more time.

But why was this:
I don't know what to do."

translated thus:
En tiedä mitä tekisin.” (http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-finnish-lorna.htm)
? :?:
Silly me- I would have just used 'tehdä'



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ml14
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Re: 3rd person conditional

Post by ml14 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:26 am

First, I think that you can also say En tiedä, mitä tehdä. But there may be a slight difference of meaning from En tiedä, mitä tekisin.

Second, you can compare En tiedä, mitä tekisin with English I don't know what I could do: even though it is less idiomatic to say this in English, it has more or less the same meaning as I don't know what to do.

cssc wrote:After a bit of study, I get why this:

Luulin, että siinä menisi enemmän aikaa.

equals this:

I thought it would take more time.

But why was this:
I don't know what to do."

translated thus:
En tiedä mitä tekisin.” (http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-finnish-lorna.htm)
? :?:
Silly me- I would have just used 'tehdä'
Last edited by ml14 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:44 am, edited 1 time in total.


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Re: 3rd person conditional

Post by onkko » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:29 pm

cssc wrote: But why was this:
I don't know what to do."

translated thus:
En tiedä mitä tekisin.” (http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-finnish-lorna.htm)
? :?:
Silly me- I would have just used 'tehdä'
Tekisin = "what i would do"
Tehdä = "to do"

Does this help?
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cssc
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Re: 3rd person conditional

Post by cssc » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:26 am

Yep. It helps. Thx.


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