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Verb type: 3


  1. (intransitive) to go (to do = illative of the third infinitive) (move away from a point of reference)
    mennä nukkumaan ― to go to sleep, go to bed
    mennä liian pitkälle ― to go too far
    mennä kalastamaan järvelle ― to go to fish at the lake
    mennä kahville ― to go for a coffee
  2. (intransitive) to go, extend
    Synonyms: kulkea, ulottua
    Tie menee pellolle saakka.
    The road goes up to the field.
  3. (intransitive) to go, lead (of a path, etc.)
    Synonyms: johtaa, kulkea, viedä
    Polku menee talon ohi.
    The path goes by the house.
  4. (intransitive) to go, turn out, proceed
    Synonym: sujua
    Sehän meni ihan hyvin.
    That actually went quite well.
  5. (intransitive) to go, enter, get, begin, start (+ illative (nouns), translative (adjectives) or adverb) (general verb for describing entering some kind of state)
    mennä töihin ― to go to work, enter the workforce
    mennä myyntiin ― to go on sale
    mennä lakkoon ― to go on strike
    mennä kihloihin ― to get engaged/betrothed
    mennä poikki ― to snap in half/into pieces
    mennä hankalaksi ― to get difficult/tricky/complicated
  6. (impersonal + illative) to be spent; take, pass, spend, go (time, resources, etc.) (see usage notes)
    Synonym: kulua
    Hyllyn kokoamiseen meni tunnin verran.
    Assembling the shelf took an hour.
    Siihen olisi voinut mennä kaksikin tuntia.
    It could've taken two hours.
  7. (auxiliary) to go (and [do]) (+ illative of the third infinitive) (do an action, implying that someone should be criticized for doing it)
    Miksi sinä menit sellaista tekemään?
    Why did you go and do that?
  8. to go, fit (in/into = illative)
    Synonyms: mahtua, sopia
    Montako litraa siihen menee?
    How many litres can you fit in it?
    (literally, “How many litres go in it?”)
  9. (colloquial) to do, be good enough
    Synonyms: käydä, menetellä


Indicative Conjugations

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

Present tense conjugation chart

Past tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart

Pluperfect tense conjugation chart

Conditional Conjugations

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

Present tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart