is the abbreviation
for the word jokin
, meaning something
Well... Finnish is an inflected
language, in that nouns
) have many cases
according to their use in a sentence
denotes possession; Partitive
denotes an unknown quantity and so on.
In a dictionary
, an abbreviation of jokin
will appear in the correct case for a given verb.
For example, pitää
something) takes the Elative
case, which normally denotes motion out of something, but in this case is just the object
of your affection
Se menee talosta
- He goes out of the house.
Se pitää kahvista
- He likes coffee.
So, in a dictionary, pitää would appear as "pitää (jstk)" to show that pitää jostakin
is "to like something".
There follows a list of cases with abbreviations, and full version:
It is possible to learn Finnish
for many years without this little piece
, but it gets much easier
once you know it.