teititellä

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the personal pronoun Te (you (formal)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: tei‧ti‧tel‧lä
  • IPA(key): /ˈteititelːæ(ʔ)/

Verb[edit]

teititellä

  1. (transitive, + partitive) to address with the polite V-form, to address someone (especially the elderly and people with higher social status) formally in the second-person (in languages in which such form is distinguishable).
    Ranskassa täytyy aina teititellä vieraita ihmisiä.
    In France one must always address strangers by using "vous".

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Usage notes[edit]

  • (the equivalent in English customs:) to address a person by her/his last name (with or without her/his professional title)
  • in Finnish there are three second-person personal pronouns: sinä (informal singular), te (informal plural) and Te (formal singular and plural)

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