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Verb type: 5


  1. (transitive) to need, require
    Tarvitsemme lisää paperia tulostamiseen.
    We need more paper for printing.
    Tarvitsen sen paperin.
    I need that paper.
  2. (transitive, usually atelic) to come in handy (to be useful or helpful)
    Vaikka hän ei osaa käyttää niitä, hän säilyttää työkaluja ajatellen, että niitä voidaan tarvita jonakin päivänä.
    Even though he doesn't really know how to use them, he keeps the tools around, figuring they might come in handy someday.
  3. (impersonal + genitive) to need to, have to (+ first infinitive)
    Ei sinun tarvitse mennä sinne.
    You don't have to go there.
    Ei (sinun) tarvitse soittaa, jos et halua.
    You don't have to call if you don't want to.
    Jos (sinä) tarvitset apua, (sinun) tarvitsee vain soittaa.
    If you need help, all you need to do is call.


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".