Last modified on 8 August 2014, at 16:48

-staa

FinnishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Extracted from the verbs pyydystää (to capture) and saalistaa (to prey), both originally formed by the suffix -taa/-tää from the nouns pyydys and saalis.

SuffixEdit

-staa (front vowel harmony variant -stää)

  1. Forms captative verbs, i.e. verbs for hunting or catching animals or picking plants.
    kala (fish) → kalastaa (to fish)
    rapu (crab) → ravustaa (to catch crabs)
    metsä (forest) → metsästää (to hunt)
    marja (berry) → marjastaa (to pick berries)

Etymology 2Edit

SuffixEdit

-staa (front vowel harmony variant -stää)

  1. Allomorph of -istaa used after labial vowels.
    into (zeal) → innostaa (to inspire)
    apu (help) → avustaa (to help)

Derived termsEdit