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isal oli

Postby kloie » 2017-09-10, 4:59



Does this mean, my dad had a hard time finding work.!
Isal oli raske tood leidma or leida.

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Re: isal oli

Postby ainurakne » 2017-09-10, 7:41

kloie wrote:Does this mean, my dad had a hard time finding work.!
Yes (or It was hard for my dad to find work / a job)!

Isal oli raske tööd leida.

leida (the so called da-infinitive) is kind of like a regular infinitive, so it's usage should be relatively similar to the infinitive in English language.

leidma (the so called ma-infinitive and the dictionary form of a verb) is a bit trickier. It could be:
- kind of like a "relative future" or "moving into a state of doing something" (illative form of the verb, forming a triplet with its inessive leidmas and elative leidmast counterparts);
- an instructive form of the verb, used together with certain other verbs;

(in Estonian sometimes ma-infinitive is used in place where you would expect a regular infinitive in English)
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Re: isal oli

Postby kloie » 2017-09-10, 11:41

Thank you, I'm slowly trying to learn Estonian. And the -Ma and Da verbs are difficult finding out when to use them.

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Re: isal oli

Postby ainurakne » 2017-09-10, 16:24

You are welcome!

But maybe you should create a single thread for all your questions. Or ask your questions in the general thread of questions about Estonian.
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