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(index ka)


The causative aspect of the verb kadota.


  • Hyphenation: ka‧dot‧taa
  • IPA(key): [ˈkɑdotːɑː(ʔ)]



  1. (transitive) To lose (to cause to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances/events/reasons).
    Kadotin avaimeni johonkin baariin.
    I lost my keys in some bar.
  2. (transitive) To lose, make vanish (to voluntarily make something disappear).
    Yritin kadottaa hänet metsään.
    I tried to lose him/her in the woods.



Usage notes[edit]

  • As seen in the translations, kadottaa can mean both wanted and unwanted losing.
  • Kadottaa 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 ... to?" instead of "where?". Thus, Kadotin avaimeni johonkin baariin means literally "I lost my keys into some bar". Similar verbs are e.g. eksyä, eksyttää, hukkua, hukata, hukuttaa, kadota, hävitä, hävittää, saapua, jäädä, jättää and rakentaa. See also the verbs etsiä, löytää, löytyä, lukea and kuulla which require the question "where ... from?" instead of "where?". (Nähdä can be both a verb with an essive case ("where?") and a verb requiring the question "where ... from?".)