Mikä se on? vs. Mitä se on?

Finnish interrogatives ‘mikä’ and ‘mitä’ can change the meaning of the sentence quite a bit.

How do you know when to use ‘mikä’ and when to use ‘mitä’ in a question: “____” se on?

The answer has to do with the partitive. If I’m expecting the answer to be in the partitive (don’t worry, you will learn this on my course), then I can use ‘mitä’ because that’s the partitive form of ‘mikä’.

Watch this video to get the full explanation!

This video is part of my Finnish case online course which is available inside the Finking Cap Club, where I publish new Finnish language courses and content regularly.

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