FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The instructive case of ne (they (things and animals)).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈniːn/, [ˈniːn]
  • IPA(key): /ˈniː/, [ˈniː] (colloquial)
  • Rhymes: -iːn
  • Syllabification: niin

AdverbEdit

niin

  1. so, then, in that case
  2. so, to this or that extent
  3. like that, in that way, so (in a way that the speaker does not directly show)
  4. very
    Tuo on niin kaunis!
    That is so beautiful!
  5. An affirmative answer to a question or comment: yes, yeah.
    Eilenkö sinä maksoit laskun? – Niin.
    "Was it yesterday that you paid that bill?" – "Yes."
  6. ai niin: oh yes
    Ai niin, unohdin...
    Oh yes, I forgot...
  7. ai niin? oh really?

Usage notesEdit

  • Niin as an answer often has an additional meaning of "of course". As in the example, the interrogative suffix -ko/kö is usually attached to the point of the question.
  • In spoken, colloquial Finnish, it is common for the final n to be silent (i.e. pronounced as nii)

Derived termsEdit

ConjunctionEdit

niin

  1. (coordinating) then; used to introduce the main clause after if clause
    Jos yöllä on selkeää, niin tulee kova pakkanen.
    "If it's clear at night, then it'll be heavy frost."
  2. (~ kuin) as well as
    niin siellä kuin täälläin there as well as in here

Usage notesEdit

  • When used in conjunction with jos (if), niin can often be omitted when no emphasis is desired.

PronounEdit

niin

  1. Instructive form of ne.

IngrianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Finno-Permic *nine. Cognates with Finnish niini.

NounEdit

niin (genitive niinen, partitive niint)

  1. bast

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

niin

  1. Rōmaji transcription of にいん

OjibweEdit

PronounEdit

niin (Syllabics: ᓃᓐ)

  1. singular first-person pronoun: I

See alsoEdit