vaan

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Finnish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

vaan

  1. but (... instead)
    Se ei ole musta, vaan punainen.
    It is not black, but red.

Usage notes[edit]

Many speakers use the word vaan where one would expect vain (just, only), especially in speech:

Elämä on unta vaan. > Elämä on unta vain.
Life is but a dream.
Sä annoit mulle vaan kaks' euroo. > Annoit minulle vain kaksi euroa.
You gave to me only two euros.

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