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In this lesson we'll go over some important determiners in Estonian.

What are Determiners?[編集]

Determiners are a class of words that span over several types of words, such as pronouns and adjectives, which are used to specify nouns. These primarily act like adjectives in general, and include words like my, this, every, no, each, as well as question determiners that can be used to begin interrogative sentences and specify nouns in declarative sentences, such as what, which and who.

Common determiners in Estonian[編集]

Estonian English Corresponding
Question in English Declension?
iga each/every ~ mitmes? which one? (ordinal num.) iga - iga - iga(t)
mõni some missugune? which one? (ordinal num.) mõni - mõne - mõnda
paar a couple (of) mitu? how many? (cardinal num.) paar - paari - .paari
see this missugune? which one? (adjective) see - selle - seda
selline like this missugune? what kind? (adjective)
like what?
selline - sellise - sellist
kumb which missugune? which one? kumb - kumma - .kumba
some, some kind of
(mingi can refer to both nouns or adjectives)
missugune? which one?
what kind?
mingi - mingi - mingi(t)
mingisugune - mingisuguse - mingisugust
  • milline - informal short form of missugune

Non-Determiner Vocabulary[編集]

The following words are included in this lesson, but are not Determiners because they are standalone words. However, some may be composed of determiners.

Estonian English
keegi someone
mitte not
mitte midagi
mitte keegi
(mitte) kumbki neither (subject)
(mitte) kumbagi neither (object)
  • kõik - kõige - .kõike - all, everything, everyone
  • inimene - inimese - inimest - person, human
  • elu - elu - elu - life
  • kiri - kirja - .kirja - letter

Verbs (shorthand)[編集]

  • nägema - näe - ei näe - to see

Enumeration of nouns[編集]

Nominative Nouns preceded by an ordinal determiner (1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, last, every etc.) are written in the Nominative. The determiner (e.g. number) will decline along with the noun in all other cases.

The Accusative case (III) marks the partitive in Estonian, and the partitive is used when talking about several (plural) of something (preceded by a cardinal determiner). In this case, the Nominative becomes the Accusative, but all other cases remain the same:

  • paar + kass = kolm .kassi (kass becomes Accusative)
  • paari + kassi = kolme kassi
  • .paari + .kassi = .kolme .kassi


Iga inimene teab midagi Siin on paar õuna Mõni kass oskab seda Selline on elu Mitte keegi ei tea seda Ma ei taha kumbagi Ma kuulen mõnda inimest Kumba sa tahad? Kas see peab selline olema? Ma ei näe kumbagi kirja Kõik on siin