rakentaa

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finno-Ugric *rakke. Cognates include Hungarian rak.

Verb[edit]

rakentaa

  1. (transitive) to build, construct
    Aavikolle rakennettiin kokonainen suurkaupunki.
    An entire metropolis was built in the desert.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Rakentaa 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, "Aavikolle rakennettiin kokonainen suurkaupunki" means literally 'An entire metropolis was built to the desert'. Similar verbs are e.g. eksyä, eksyttää, hukkua, hukata, hukuttaa, kadota, kadottaa, hävitä, hävittää, saapua, jäädä and jättää. 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?".)

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