See also: väille

FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Allative of the root vai- / vaja- related to vajaa.

PostpositionEdit

vaille (+ partitive)

  1. (temporal) to, till
    Kello on viisi minuuttia vaille kuusi.
    It's five minutes to six.
    Kello on viittä vaille kuusi.
    It's five to six.
    Onko kello jo kolme? -Ei, se on viittä vaille.
    Is it already three o'clock? -No, it's five to.

Usage notesEdit

  • Note that grammatically, the postposition vaille takes the time left (five minutes) as its complement phrase, unlike the English preposition to that takes the moment in future (six) as its complement phrase.

Related termsEdit


FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

vaille

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of valoir
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of valoir

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