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littlepond
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süüa

Postby littlepond » 2016-04-26, 17:05

In my textbook, there's this sentence: "Talle meeldib süüa teha". I am not able to understand it, as I am seeing 3 verbs: meeldima, süüa and teha! Does it mean, he/she likes to do eating? But then why not to say "He/She likes to eat" ("Talle meeldib süüa").

I am sure I am missing something here! I would be grateful for any help.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: süüa

Postby Naava » 2016-04-26, 17:24

I think it means 's/he likes to make food / something to eat' or in other words 's/he likes cooking, to cook'.

I wonder if you can use süüa alone or does it always need the verb with it, like süüa teha. :hmm: I'd bet it's always with a verb if it doesn't mean 'to eat' but I might be wrong.
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Re: süüa

Postby ainurakne » 2016-04-26, 17:56

Indeed, it means '(s)he likes to cook' and is equivalent to "Talle meeldib sööki/toitu teha/valmistada.".

For some reason, in Estonian, da-infinitives "süüa" (to eat) and "juua" (to drink) are often used as if they were partitive nouns. And "süüa teha" is actually way more common than "sööki teha" (very rare) or even "toitu valmistada" (common).
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Re: süüa

Postby littlepond » 2016-04-26, 18:41

Thanks both of you!
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