Verb “be”

Olla-verbi – The Verb to be/to have

One of the most fundamental verbs in Finnish language is the verb be, in Finnish OLLA-VERBI. The verb OLLA means to be and to have depending on the personal pronoun. Let’s look at the table and see how this verb works. 
Minä olen
Sinä olet
Hän on
Me olemme
Te olette
He ovat
Minulla on
Sinulla on
Hänellä on
Meillä on
Teillä on
Heillä on
I am
You are
He/She is
We are
You (pl.) are
They are
I have
You have
He/She has
We have
You (pl.) have
They have

Now let’s see some examples of how this verb be works in practice.

Here are some example sentences containing the verb olla:

Minä olen Pekka.
Minä olen insinööri.
Kuka sinä olet?
Me olemme Suomessa.
Jussi ja Anne ovat Saksassa.
Minulla on koira.
Hänellä on yksi veli.
Hänellä on yksi sisko.
Sinulla on kaunis koti.
Meillä on pieni talo.
I am Pekka.
I am an engineer.
Who are you?
We are in Finland.
Jussi and Anne are in Germany.
I have a dog.
He has one brother.
He has one sister.
You have a beautiful home.
We have a small house.

Verb be in negative – Olla-verbi kieltomuodossa

Now let’s see how the same verb be works in a negative sense.

Minä en ole
Sinä et ole
Hän ei ole
Me emme ole
Te ette ole
He eivät ole

Minulla ei ole
Sinulla ei ole
Hänellä ei ole
Meillä ei ole
Teillä ei ole
Heillä ei ole
I am not
You are not
He/She is not
We are not
You (pl.) are not
They are not
I have not
You have not
He/She has not
We have not
You (pl.) have not
They have not 

You see a pattern here? It’s easier right! Finnish is not as hard as people say, you can master it too! If you’re struggling, please contact me and we’ll work together to improve your skills.

After studying this verb, let’s move on to some other basic verbs.  

You can also move on to something a bit trickier, verb conjugations.