• Estonian grammar
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  • Participles in Estonian

    The present (-v) participle

    The present participle is used as an adjective, like the English -ing form. E.g kasvav tüdruk 'a growing girl'. It may also be translated as a relative cause. E.g 'a girl who is growing'

    It is formed by adding the suffix -v to the stem of the -ma infinitive.

    Here are some examples of how the present participle is formed:

    English -ma infinitive English -v participle
    to work töötama working töötav
    to talk rääkima talking rääkiv
    to run jooksma running jooksev
    to read lugema reading lugev


    The -nud participle

    The -nud participle is used for forming the negative past, present perfect and past perfect tenses. In some instances, it may also be used as an adjective, like in English.

    E.g Kulunud riided 'worn-out clothes'

    The -nud participle is derived from the stem of the -da inifnitive, by replacing the -da suffix with -nud.

    Examples of forming the -nud participle:

    English -da infinitive -nud participle
    to wait oodata oodanud
    to read lugeda lugenud
    to stand seista seisnud
    to write kirjutada kirjutanud


    The -tud participle

    The -tud participle corresponds to the past participle in English, which usually ends in -ed, -en or -t. In both Estonian and English, this form can be used as an adjective that describes what has happened to a noun. E.g haavatud sõdur 'wounded soldier'; keelatud vili 'forbidden fruit'

    The -tud participle may end in either -tud or -dud, depending on the sound that precedes the suffix.

    1) -tud: when the suffix is preceded by a short vowel or the consonant s or h

    2) -dud: when the suffix is preceded by a long vowel, diphthong, or the consonants l, n, r

    English -tud participle
    beloved armastatud
    seen nähtud
    eaten söödud
    walked käidud


    Exercise: all participles