pelottaa

FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the noun pelko.

VerbEdit

pelottaa

  1. (transitive, monopersonal) partitive + 3rd-person singular = to be afraid, to be scared.
    Minua pelottaa.
    I am afraid.
    I'm scared.
  2. (transitive, + partitive) To frighten, to be intimidated or cowed by sthg.
    Hän pelottaa minua.
    She frightens me.
    Huijareita ei laki pelota.
    Con artists are not cowed by the law.
  3. (transitive, + genitive singular or nominative plural) To scare.
    Kissa pelotti linnut tiehensä.
    The cat scared the birds away.

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Usage notesEdit

The difference between the verbs pelätä, pelotella and pelottaa:

  • pelätä refers always to the feelings of the person who is afraid: "Eivät norsut pelkää hiiriä"
  • pelotella refers always to the activity of making others afraid: "Mehiläishurina pelotellee norsuja"
  • pelottaa may mean either of the two, depending on the case of the object

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Last modified on 27 January 2014, at 03:58