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Adverb Types Overview – Adverbien tyypit

In this Finnish adverb types overview, you can find Finnish adverbs organized based on their meaning. There are quite a few of them!  Within each category you have easier and harder adverbs, so you’ll have to take your pick while reading through to choose the ones you want to learn first.

Averbs grouped based on their meaning

Adverbs of Manner

This is probably the largest group of adverbs there are. These adverbs express HOW something happens: quickly, easily, angrily, etc. Very often they end in -sti.

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Time

This group contains simple words tänään (today) and huomenna (tomorrow), as well as words like pian (soon), myöhemmin (later) and myöhässä (too late).

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of Location

Sisällä (inside), ulkona (outside), kaukana (far away) and vasemmalla (on the left) are also adverbs. These go hand in hand with the postpositions, but can appear on their own!

Adverbs of Location

Adverbs of Intensity

How many words do you know in Finnish? Aika paljon (fairly many), tosi paljon (very many) or uskomattoman paljon (unbelievably many)? Or are you still at ihan vähän (only a little)?

Adverbs of Intensity

Adverbs of Probability

This adverb group consists of adverbs that express certainty (totta kai), likelihood (todennäköisesti), uncertainty (kai, ehkä) and unlikelihood (tuskin).

Adverbs that Express Probability

Averbs grouped based on their ending

Adverbs Ending in -ttAin

The adverbs in this group express a multitude of different things, from time (päivittäin) and  orientation (pitkittäin) to containers (pulloittain).

Adverbs Ending in -ttAin

Adverbs ending in -kkAin

These adverbs express the relative location of two things to one another: Istumme kasvokkain “face to face” or vierekkäin “side by side”.

Adverbs ending in -kkAin

Adverbs Ending in -isin

This adverb group contains adverbs such as aamuisin (in the mornings), arkisin (on weekdays), väkisin (forcibly), takaisin (back) and nykyisin (these days).

Adverbs Ending in -isin

Adverbs ending in -UksissA

This adverb groups consists of adverbs that end in -UksissA, such as nukkuksissa (asleep), turvoksissa (swollen) and palelluksissa (freezing).

Adverbs Ending in -UksissA

Adverbs Ending in -isin

Olen pahoillani (I’m sorry), Tein sen tahallani (I did it on purpose) and Ovi on raollaan (The door was ajar) all appear in the adessive case with a possessive suffix.

[x:llani, x:llasi, x:llaan]

More groups will be added to this adverb types overview soon!