löytää

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *leütädäk, which comes from Proto-Finno-Ugric *lewδä- (to find). Perhaps borrowed from Proto-Germanic *hleutaną, but it itself is of uncertain origin.

Verb[edit]

löytää

  1. (transitive) To find; to discover; to come across.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Löytää is one of the Finnish verbs that, unlike their equivalents in most Indo-European languages, require the elative case, i.e. require the question "where ... from?" instead of "where?". Thus, "Löysin sen autotallista" means literally 'I found it from the garage'. Similar verbs are e.g. etsiä, 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?".

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