How to use adjectives in Finnish

How to use adjectives in Finnish

You want to learn how to use adjectives in Finnish? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Finnish lessons complete with useful examples. Big, small, happy, sad... we'll teach you all you need to know about Finnish adjectives.

Finnish adjectives

Adjectives are generally used to describe nouns. Adjectives come before the noun in Finnish as in English. Adjectives in Finnish agree with the noun they describe. This means that adjectives that describe a feminine noun have a special form.


pieni ovi
the small door
vihreä ovi
the green door
uusi ovi
the new door
punainen ovi
the red door
vanha ovi
the old door
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Step 7 : Adjectives in Finnish

Adjectives are used to describe nouns. To get started, we suggest you learn the three Finnish adjectives iso, pieni and vanha (big, small, old). Using the nouns kirja, tuoli and ovi (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each adjective with each noun (the big book, the old chair, the small door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Finnish adjectives including useful examples. After you've learned to use the adjectives iso, pieni and vanha with the nouns kirja, tuoli and ovi you can move on to Step 8 (Finnish Verbs).

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