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usean/useita

Discussion in 'Suomi (Finnish)' started by Vitalore, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Vitalore Senior Member

    Portuguese - Brazil
    Koulussa opetamme useita eri kieliä/usean eri kielen.

    Can these two be used as synonyms?
     
  2. Grumpy Old Man Senior Member

    Only the partitive is correct: useita eri kieliä. The rest of the sentence is grammatical and correct in the right context, but you may mean this: Koulussamme opetetaan useita kieliä. Eri seems redundant as useita covers that idea. You cannot say: useita samoja kieliä in this context anyway.:)
     
  3. kirahvi Senior Member

    Finnish
    On the other hand, you could say for example:

    Koulussamme opetetaan usean eri kielen alkeet. =the basics of many different languages
     

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