I stumbled upon two minor difficulties :
1/ In this article about automated driving car (http://yle.fi/selkouutiset/index.php?id=9977), there is that one sentence of which I don't fully get the syntax and the meaning :
Ihmiset voivat ostaa autoon uudenlaista tekniikkaa jo nyt.
My problem is with "autoon" : why an illative here ? I get the general meaning : People can already buy new technology "related" to cars. I would have expected a plural inessive (autoissa : new technology in cars), or a genitive (auton : new technology of the car (car as a general notion)). But why an illative ?
2/ In that other article about snakes you might meet in Spring (http://yle.fi/selkouutiset/index.php?id=9979), I am quite lost with that sentence :
Käärmeitä on kotien lähellä vain lyhyen aikaa.
Considering those words put altogether, I guess it means something like : «Snakes stay quite close to their home.», but I'm not sure. Could someone help me breakdown this sentence in smaller meaningful units ? For now, I get :
- -Käärmeitä = Snakes (plural partitive, so «snakes in general» or «unspecified number of snakes»)
-on = are (but is it ok with «on» in the singular ? Or is the grammatical subjet of «on» somewhereelse in the sentence ?)
-kotien lähellä = close to home (actually «homes», genitive plural)
-vain lyhyen aikaa = vain is an adverb («only»). Lyhyen is the genitive of lyhyt («short») ? And then aikaa is, I guess, aika (time) in the singular partitive, because of «lyhyen» (same as vähän + partitive, or monta/paljon + partitive). So «only for short time» ? But why is lyhyt in the genitive ?
If someone can tell me what I still don't get, that'll be much appreciated !