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  • IPA(key): /ˈoleʋɑ/, [ˈo̞le̞ʋɑ]
  • Rhymes: -oleʋɑ
  • Syllabification(key): o‧le‧va



  1. Present active participle of olla.
    Pihallani oleva auto ei ole minun - se kuuluu leasing-yhtiölle.
    The car that is in my yard is not mine - it belongs to a leasing firm.
    Myöhässä oleva bussi on parempi kuin ei bussia ollenkaan.
    A bus that is late is better than no bus at all.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Can be used to convert some adverbs into adjectives: see the latter example above. In such cases, oleva is dropped when such an adjective is used predicatively.
    Bussi on myöhässä.The bus is late.
  • Can be used with present passive participles in inessive plural (allative plural for some verbs) to represent "-able" (able to be X'ed). As in the above case, oleva is then dropped if used predicatively.
    kiistää (to deny)kiistettävissä oleva (deniable)


Inflection of oleva (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative oleva olevat
genitive olevan olevien
partitive olevaa olevia
illative olevaan oleviin
singular plural
nominative oleva olevat
accusative nom. oleva olevat
gen. olevan
genitive olevan olevien
partitive olevaa olevia
inessive olevassa olevissa
elative olevasta olevista
illative olevaan oleviin
adessive olevalla olevilla
ablative olevalta olevilta
allative olevalle oleville
essive olevana olevina
translative olevaksi oleviksi
instructive olevin
abessive olevatta olevitta
comitative olevine
Possessive forms of oleva (type koira)
Rare. Only used with substantive adjectives.
possessor singular plural
1st person olevani olevamme
2nd person olevasi olevanne
3rd person olevansa