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Tehdä (Verb type2)


  1. (transitive) to do, perform, execute, carry out
    Mitä sinä teet?
    What are you doing?
    Meidän täytyy tehdä biopsia selvittääksemme oireiden syyn.
    We need to perform a biopsy in order to find out the cause of the symptoms.
    Mitä menit tekemään?
    What did you do? / What have you done? (scolding tone)
    (literally, “What did you go (to) do?”)
  2. (transitive) to make, manufacture
    Tein äidilleni kakun.
    I made a cake for my mom. / I made my mom a cake.
    Mistä se on tehty?
    What is it made (out) of?
  3. (transitive) to commit, perpetrate, carry out, conduct (to do, as a crime, sin, or fault)
    tehdä huorin ― to commit adultery
  4. (transitive) to make, render (cause to be) (note: in "make someone happy", "someone" is the 'patient' and "happy" is the 'complement')
    1. With the patient as the object (in the accusative case) and the complement (often an adjective or a participle) in the translative case.
      Hän teki minut iloiseksi.
      She made me happy.
    2. With the patient in the elative case and the complement (noun, adjective, participle, etc.) as the object (in the accusative case).
      He tekivät minusta presidentin.
      They made me President.
      Ei se tee hänestä pahaa ihmistä.
      It doesn't make him a bad person.
  5. (transitive, informal) to make, cost (said often by the salesperson to the customer)
    Synonym: olla yhteensä
    Se tekee viisikymmentäyhdeksän euroa.
    That makes fifty-nine euros.
  6. (transitive, informal) to do a, pull a (copy or emulate the actions or behaviour that is associated with the person or thing mentioned)
    Hän teki Nykäset ja alkoi ryypätä.
    She did a Nykänen and hit the bottle.
    (Matti Nykänen, a ski jumping champion, was notorious for his heavy drinking.)
  7. (transitive + partitive) to be in the process of
  8. (stative, impersonal + genitive) to feel (+ (adjective in the) partitive)
    Minun tekee hyvää ajatella sitä.
    I feel good thinking it.
    Minun tekee pahaa ajatellakin sitä.
    I feel bad just thinking it.
  9. (transitive, of animals) to have, bear (give birth to children)
  10. (transitive, informal, of people) to have, bear (give birth to children)


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".