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Posted: 2019-01-20, 19:05
by kloie
Is the partitive and Accusative the same cases? I've noticed that finnish and hungarian have accusative but estonian doesn't.

Re: Accusative/partitive

Posted: 2019-01-20, 20:40
by ainurakne
No, they are not the same thing. They are kind of like the opposites.

Basically, partitive refers to a partial object - the object is partially affected by an action (or a subset of objects are affected) or the action itself partial - kind of like a process without a definitive end result:
Avan akent. ~ I am opening [a/the] window

Accusative, on the other hand, refers to a whole object - the object is wholly affected by an action (or a whole set of objects are affected) or the action itself has a definitive end result - kind of like an achievement:
Avan akna. ~ I will open [a/the] window

Officially, there is no case called "accusative" in Estonian. But the concept exists in pretty much identical form as in Finnish.
You can think of accusative either as a concept that expresses itself via nominative and genitive case, or as a separate case that sometimes looks identical to nominative and sometimes to genitive case.

Broadly, the rules for which "form" of accusative to use are as follows:
Use genitive case (or the form of accusative that looks like genitive): Avan akna.
Except when:
- the object is plural: Avan aknad.
- imperative mood is used: Ava aken!
- the verb is impersonal: Avatakse aken.
- the verb is da-infinitive and is not itself an object to another verb.

Re: Accusative/partitive

Posted: 2019-01-20, 22:11
by Linguaphile
I'm not really adding anything to what Ainurakne already said, but I thought I'd post a couple of other explanations of the same grammar point. Basically Estonian has täissihitis/"total object" and osasihitis/"partial object" rather than "accusative." Sometimes the total object (or the partial/total object set) is called accusative, although it isn't a separate case but rather a combination of cases.
Also, don't pay any attention to this site which says that accusative is the partitive case. It's misrepresentations or oversimplifications like that which make me avoid using the word "accusative" entirely because there is too much confusion and inconsistency surrounding that term with regards to Estonian grammar.

Honestly, the total/partial object system is one of the more difficult aspects of Estonian grammar for speakers of other languages. Don't let the idea that "Estonian doesn't have an accusative case" fool you into thinking that makes it simpler than languages that do. :wink:

from Estonian Institute's overview of the Estonian language:
Despite the large number of cases, the Estonian language lacks the ordinary object case, the accusative, which is common among the Indo-European languages. The direct object in Estonian is expressed by the nominative, genitive or partitive, in the singular, and by only the nominative or the partitive in the plural. Using the genitive object in the singular and the nominative object in the plural, marks the totality and finiteness of the action directed at that object. The usage of the partitive case expresses the partiality or unfinished nature of the action.

from Estonian for Beginners (Oser/Salasoo):
As a general rule, the total object must be used when all of the following three conditions are met:
1. the sentence is a positive statement
2. the action of the verb has been completed
3. the action of the verb embraces the whole, total object.
In cases where all three of the above conditions are not met, the partial object is used. The partial object is always in the partitive case, answering the questions mida? or keda?
The total object in the singular is either in the genitive case, answer the questions mille? or kelle? or, for positive commands, in the nominative case, answering the quetsions mis? or kes? The total object in the plural is always in the nominative case, answering the questions mis? or kes?

from Estonian Textbook (Tuldava):
The direct object (called sihitis in Estonian) can be considered either as a "total" object or a "partial" object. The total object (täissihitis) may also be called the definite, complete, or whole object. It is used in sentences were all three of the following conditions are met:
1) The sentence is affirmative.
2) The action of the verb leads to completion.
3) The object is effected in its entirety.
In an imperative sentence (where a command is given), the total object is in the nominative case. In a declarative sentence (where a statement of fact is given), the total object is in the genitive case if it is in the singular and in the nominative case if it is in the plural.

Total object examples:
Võta raamat! (nom. sing.) = Take the book!
Võta raamatud! (nom. pl.) = Take the books!
Ma võtsin raamatu. (gen. sing.) = I took the book.
Ma võtsin raamatud. (nom. pl.) = I took the books.
Loe raamat läbi! (nom. sing.) = Read the book [all the way through]!
Ma lugesin raamatu läbi. (gen. sing.) = I read the book [all the way through].
Ma ostan raamatu. (gen. sing.) = I will buy the book.

Partial object examples:
Ära võta raamatut! (part. sing.) = Don't take the book!
Õpilane loeb raamatut. (part. sing.) = The student is [engaged in] reading a book.
Loe raamatut! (part. sing.) = Read [some of] the book! (but not necessarily to the end)
Ma lugesin raamatut. (part. sing.) = I was reading the book. (unfinished)
Ma ostan raamatut. (part. sing.) = I am [engaged in] buying the book.

Re: Accusative/partitive

Posted: 2019-01-21, 21:49
by aaakknu

I have splited the discussion about future tense into a separate thread: viewtopic.php?f=53&t=56606
I thought this topic might be interesting / confusing for many learners, so it will be more visible if it has its own thread.

I have moved the question about käima / minema here: viewtopic.php?f=53&t=51889

You can continue the discussion in the other threads.

I hope you don't mind. :)

Re: Accusative/partitive

Posted: 2019-10-31, 17:06
by Linguaphile
(The resources I've quoted from and linked to here were designed for language learners at more or less the B2 level or above, so they are not directly an answer to the question in this thread. However, it seemed like a good place to post this as it does concern the grammatical points of this thread.)

Eesti keeles saab sihitis olla In Estonian, the object can be:
  • ainsuse osastavas in the partitive singular (loen raamatut I read [part of] a book [present tense])
  • mitmuse osastavas in the partitive plural (loen raamatuid I read some books [present tense])
  • ainsuse omastavas in the genitive singular (lugesin raamatu läbi I read a book [all the way through] [past tense])
  • ainsuse nimetavas in the nominative singular (loe raamat läbi read the book [all the way through]! [imperative] )
  • mitmuse nimetavas in the nominative plural (loe raamatud läbi read the books [all the way through]! [imperative])
Sihilised tegusõnad jagunevad kaheks grupiks Verbs that take the object case are divided into two groups:
  • ainult osastavas käändes sihitist võimaldavad tegusõnad (nt austama, armastama, mäletama)
    verbs that can only take objects expressed in the partitive case (such as the verbs to honor, to love, to remember)
  • nii osastavas, omastavas kui ka nimetavas käändes sihitist võimaldavad tegusõnad (nt kirjutama, ostma, tegema)
    verbs that can take objects expressed in the partitive, genitive and nominative cases (such as the verbs to write, to buy, to do).
Sihitisesõnastik ASP (sihitisesõnastik verb glossary for grammatical objects)

Sihitisesõnastikus / in the verb glossary for grammatical objects:
  • Küsimused KEDA/MIDA näitavad, et tegusõna nõuab ainult osastavas käändes sihitist (vt nt alustama, vaevama)
    The combination of question words KEDA/MIDA show that the verb requires the partitive case for objects (for example, to begin, to distress)
  • Küsimused KES-KELLE-KEDA ja MIS-MILLE-MIDA näitavad, et sihitis võib olla nii osastavas kui ka omastavas ja nimetavas (vt nt joonistama, avama).
    The combination of question words KES-KELLE-KEDA and MIS-MILLE-MIDA show that the verb can take either the genitive, partitive or nominative case (for example, to draw, to open)
  • Küsimused KES-KELLE ja MIS-MILLE näitavad, et sihitis võib olla ainult omastavas või nimetavas käändes (vt nt katki astuma).
    The combination of question words KES-KELLE and MIS-MILLE show that the verb can take only the genitive or nominative case (for example, to break by stepping on)
  • Kui küsimused on antud kujul (KES-KELLE)-KEDA ja (MIS-MILLE)-MIDA, tähendab see, et tavaliselt esineb sihitis osastavas käändes, kuid väga harvadel juhtudel on võimalik ka omastavas või nimetavas käändes sihitise kasutamine (vt nt pildistama, sisaldama).
    If the combination of question words is shown as (KES-KELLE)-KEDA and (MIS-MILLE)-MIDA, this means that it usually takes the partitive case, but in a limited number of circumstances can also use the genitive or nominative case (for example, to photograph, to contain)
  • Kui kirjeldus on esitatud kujul KES-KELLE-(KEDA) ja MIS-MILLE-(MIDA), tähendab see, et tavaliselt esineb sihitis omastavas või nimetavas käändes, kuid väga harvadel juhtudel on võimalik ka osastavas käändes sihitise kasutamine (vt nt algatama, annetama).
    If the description includes the combination of question words KES-KELLE-(KEDA) and MIS-MILLE-(MIDA), this means that it usually takes the genitive or nominative case, but in a limited number of circumstances can also use the partitive (for example, to initiate, to donate)
Sihitis Eesti Keeles (sihitis eesti keeles grammatical object in Estonian)

Eesti Keele Käsiraamat (from the Estonian Language Handbook - link content in Estonian only)
  • SÜ 37 Lause ehitus - sihitis sentence building - grammatical object
  • SÜ 38 Täis- ja osasihitis partial and total object
  • SÜ 39 Täis- ja osasihitise valiku probleeme some common problems with partial and total objects
  • SÜ 40 Täissihitis omastavas või nimetavas käändes total object in partitive or nominative case
  • SÜ 41 Vormilt ja/või sisult mitmuslik täissihitis total object with plural form and/or content
  • SÜ 42 Täissihitis käsklauses total object in imperative statements
  • SÜ 43 Täissihitis aluseta lauses total object in sentences without subjects
  • SÜ 44 Erandliku vormivaheldusega asesõnalised sihitised irregular usage of case forms in object pronouns
  • SÜ 61 Sihitisekäändelised määrused adverbs that take object cases

Käänuk (õpetab sihitise kasutamist teaches how to use grammatical objects)
Lauseõpetuse harjutused (sihitise harjutused grammatical object exercises)

Re: Accusative/partitive

Posted: 2019-11-02, 1:30
by kloie
How do i say he walked while speaking estonian?

Re: Accusative/partitive

Posted: 2019-11-02, 3:50
by Linguaphile
kloie wrote:How do i say he walked while speaking estonian?

Ta kõndis = he walked
Ta kõndis eesti keelt rääkides = he walked while speaking Estonian
Ta kõndis samal ajal kui rääkis eesti keeles = he walked while [= at the same time as] he spoke in Estonian