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The Ablative (ablatiivi) case is part of the internal locative cases. It typically corresponds to the “from” preposition in English, and usually refers to a change or observation of “something going from somewhere externally closeby to outside”. This is not always exact and depends on the context. In Finnish it is indicated by the -lta/-ltä suffix.


Including, but not limited to:

  • When something is going away from a place it is near or around.
  • When phrasing or expressing time.
  • When using certain (and often perceptional) verbs.


More examples of the Ablative usage when expressing time can be found from the Telling the time page.