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Old 20th-February-2008   #1 (permalink)

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Is there any way of telling when it means 'because' and when it means 'when'?

Esim.
He's not coming because it's raining.
He doesn't come when it rains.

How do Finns distinguish between the different senses?
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Sure there is. 'Koska' is only used in questions when it doesn't mean 'because'. Its equivalent here is 'kun', the same as English 'when'. The correct way to say those sentences would be:

"Hän ei ole tulossa, *koska* sataa." (He's not coming because it's raining.)

"Hän ei tule *kun* sataa." (He doesn't come when it rains.)

In questions with 'when', 'koska' and 'milloin' are IMHO interchangeable, although milloin is perhaps more formal/correct (?).

Hope this helps.

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what does it mean: hauska? or üdellen hauska??
and: selän peli?
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Thanks Orri, that clears that little problem nicely
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