etsiä

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Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Has cognates in several Finno-Ugric languages, e.g. Estonian otsima, Karelian ettšie and Northern Sami ohcat. According to some researchers may be an ancient loan from Proto-Germanic *enþjan-, but this connection is uncertain.

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etsiä

  1. (transitive) To search (for), look for; to seek.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Etsiä is one of the Finnish verbs that, unlike their equivalents in most Indo-European languages, require a lative case, i.e. require the question "where ... from?" instead of "where?". Thus, "Minä etsin häntä väärästä paikasta" means literally 'I look/looked for her/him from the wrong place'. Similar verbs are e.g. löytää, löytyä, lukea and kuulla. (Nähdä can be both a verb with an essive case ("where?") and a verb requiring the question "where ... from?".) See also the verbs saapua, jäädä, jättää, eksyä, hukkua, hukata, kadota, kadottaa, hävitä, hävittää and rakentaa which require the question "where ... to?" instead of "where?".
  • Certain regions of Finland pronounce this word ettiä.

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