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Verb type: 3


  1. to come (move nearer)
    Milloin juna tulee?
    When is the train coming?
    Tule katsomaan!
    Come look!
  2. (impersonal + elative) to become, get, go, turn (noun, adjective, participle, etc.)
    Hänestä tuli rikas.
    He became rich.
    Heistä tuli hulluja. (in the plural, the partitive case is used)
    They became crazy.
  3. to become, get, go, turn (+ translative) (adjective, participle, etc.; only very rarely a noun)
    He tulivat hulluiksi.
    They went crazy.
  4. (impersonal + genitive, auxiliary) to have to, be to, should, be supposed to (+ first infinitive)
    Minun tulee tehdä tämä huomiseksi.
    I have to do this by tomorrow.
  5. (auxiliary) The auxiliary verb for emphatic future tense; the present tense is usually used instead as a future tense.
    Nimeni on Tapani ja tapani tulette tuntemaan.
    My name is Tapani and you will learn my ways.
  6. (auxiliary) Used to express the passive voice for arbitrary verbs (+ translative of the past passive participle)
    Hän tuli valituksi.
    He was chosen.
    Tapa tai tule tapetuksi.
    Kill or be killed.
  7. auxiliary verb for passive voice, particularly if the action is less definite or in direct questions (+ partitive of the past passive participle)
    Mitä tuli sanottua?
    What did you say?
  8. to manage to do (more or less unintentionally), to succeed in doing (more or less unintentionally) (+ translative of the active past participle)
    Hän tuli tehneeksi pahan virheen.
    She managed to make a big mistake.
  9. to come into, get (+ illative) (enter a state of being)
    tulla humalaan ― to get drunk
  10. (slang) to cum, orgasm


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".