niin

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The instructive case of ne (they (things and animals)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Formal

Informal

  • IPA(key): [ˈniː]
  • Rhymes: -iː
  • Hyphenation: nii

Adverb[edit]

niin

  1. so, then, in that case
  2. so, to this or that extent
  3. very
    Tuo on niin kaunis!
    That is so beautiful!
  4. An affirmative answer to a question or comment: yes, yeah.
    Eilenkö sinä maksoit laskun? – Niin.
    "Was it yesterday that you paid that bill?" – "Yes."
  5. ai niin: oh yes
    Ai niin, unohdin...
    Oh yes, I forgot...
  6. ai niin? oh really?

Usage notes[edit]

  • Niin as an answer often has an additional meaning of "of course". As in the example, the interrogative suffix -ko/kö is usually attached to the point of the question.
  • In spoken, colloquial Finnish, it is common for the final n to be silent (i.e. pronounced as nii)

Derived terms[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

niin

  1. (coordinating) Used to introduce the main clause after if clause: then.
    Jos yöllä on selkeää, niin tulee kova pakkanen.
    "If it's clear at night, then it'll be heavy frost."

Usage notes[edit]

  • When used in conjunction with jos (if), niin can often be omitted when no emphasis is desired.

Pronoun[edit]

niin

  1. Instructive form of ne.

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

niin

  1. rōmaji reading of にいん

Ojibwe[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

niin (Syllabics: ᓃᓐ)

  1. singular first-person pronoun: I

See also[edit]