Ashley asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 10 years ago

what does this mean in english? from finnish?

jos polttaa on hassu

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  • 10 years ago
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    There's an easy answer to your question.

    Basically it means this:

    ...........................................

    "Smoking is silly"

    "You're silly if you smoke"

    ...........................................

    I can break the sentence down for you, but it probably doesn't make the point any clearer. I don't know if you want to learn one/some Finnish phrase(s) or maybe you are learning Finnish and want to know how the grammar works.

    Now, if you want to try to understand how your chosen example works "grammarwise", here you go:

    "JOS POLTTAA*, ON HASSU."

    Finnish grammar stipulates that this sentence must begin with a subordinate clause*.

    Note, that there's a comma after the subordinate clause.

    Let's break the sentence into two parts, and handle them individually.

    JOS POLTTAA*:

    = "If one smokes" [passive voice in Finnish grammar] - literal translation, but poor language

    = "If you smoke" [passive voice in Finnish grammar] - better way of saying it

    = "One who smokes" [passive voice in Finnish grammar]

    ON HASSU:

    = "(He/she) is silly"

    = "You are silly"

    I prefer "Smoking is silly".

    I would use that. Although, I'm not sure if 'silly' is an adequate enough word for smoking. 'Stupid' just might do it. No offense if you're a smoker.

    I hope this helps you. =)

    Source(s): I'm a native Finnish speaker
  • 10 years ago

    It means: If one smokes, he/she is silly (better worded translation: The one who smokes, is silly).

    Source(s): A genuine Finn.
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