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Kannattaa (Verb type1)


  1. (transitive + partitive) to support, bear up, hold up, prop up, carry (support physically)
    Pylväät kannattavat kattoa.
    Columns support the roof.
  2. (transitive + partitive) to support, uphold, sustain
  3. (transitive + partitive, finance) to support, patronize, maintain
  4. (transitive + partitive) to support, back, champion, stand up for
    Svante kannattaa aina Ruotsia jääkiekko-otteluissa.
    Svante always roots for Sweden in hockey games.
  5. (transitive + partitive) to support, second, espouse, go along with, agree with, adhere
    Kannatamme ajatusta.
    We espouse the idea.
  6. (auxiliary, impersonal + genitive) to be worth(while) (for somebody), be worth (somebody's while), should, ought to (to do = first infinitive)
    Alternative forms: (colloquial) kandea, kanttaa, kantsia, kanttia
    Sinun kannattaa miettiä sitä jo etukäteen.
    It is worth for you to think about it already in advance.
    Varaosat kannattaa tilata meidän kauttamme.
    It's worthwhile to order the spare parts through us.
  7. (intransitive) to be profitable, pay off
    Liike kannattaa.
    The shop is profitable.
  8. (transitive + partitive) to have somebody/something carried (by = adessive), make somebody (= adessive) carry something
    Vaimo kannatti aviomiehellään raskaan television olohuoneeseen.
    The wife had her husband carry the heavy television set into the living room.


Indicative Conjugations

The present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect (past perfect) tenses in English correspond to "speaks", "spoke", "has spoken", and "had spoken".

Conditional Conjugations

The conditional present and perfect moods in English typically correspond to "would" and "would have".