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Finnish

Etymology

Prossibly from Proto-Germanic *enþjan-.

Verb

etsiä (stem etsi-*)

  1. (transitive) To search (for), look for; to seek.

Usage notes

  • Etsiä is one of the Finnish verbs that, unlike their equivalents in most Indo-European languages, require a lative case, i.e. require the question "where ... from?" instead of "where?". Thus, "Minä etsin häntä väärästä paikasta" means literally 'I look/looked for her/him from the wrong place'. Similar verbs are e.g. löytää, löytyä, lukea and kuulla. (Nähdä can be both a verb with an essive case ("where?") and a verb requiring the question "where ... from?".) See also the verbs saapua, jäädä, jättää, eksyä, hukkua, hukata, kadota, kadottaa, hävitä, hävittää and rakentaa which require the question "where ... to?" instead of "where?".

Derived terms

References

  • Häkkinen, Kaisa: Nykysuomen etymologinen sanakirja, WSOY, 2005.

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