Finnish Verb conjugation can seem scary at first, but it’s not. Let’s first check some theory, and then see some practical examples.
Basic principles of verb conjugation in finnish
Finnish verbs are in close agreement with the subject of the sentence. This means that verbs will take on a different personal endings depending on who or what the subject is. Therefore, unless they carry special emphasis, the pronouns minä, sinä, me and te typically are omitted in written Finnish, because the form of the verb clearly indicates about whom the speaker is talking.
Is verb conjugation same in the whole country of Finland?
The pronouns are used commonly in spoken discourse, but minä and sinä are abbreviated to mä and sä. This is true to southern finland accent.
In eastern and northern finland, minä and sinä are shortened to mie and sie.
How to conjugate finnish verbs?
In order to conjugate the verb in accordance with the subject, you have to follow the same procedure every time. First, you must locate the verb stem by detaching the ending of the infinitive. Then, you must add the appropriate personal ending required by the subject. To do this, you must learn to recognize infinitive endings, listed below. The two variants in each group are due to vowel harmony (see vowel harmony page).
Practical examples of finnish verb conjugation
Now let’s move on to the practical examples. See our verb types page for more info about this.