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Voida (Verb type2)


  1. (auxiliary + first infinitive) can, to be able to, to be capable
    En voinut olla nauramatta.
    I couldn't help laughing.
  2. (auxiliary + first infinitive) can, to be possible
  3. (auxiliary + first infinitive, in the conditional mood) could
    Voisitko auttaa minua?
    Could you please help me?
    Voisin juosta, jos haluaisin.
    I could run if I wanted.
  4. (auxiliary + first infinitive, informal) may, to be allowed, to be permitted
    Voinko avata ikkunan?
    May I open the window?
  5. (auxiliary + first infinitive, chiefly in the negative) should (not); (emphatic) must (not)
    Sen vaikutusta ei voi vähätellä.
    Its effect should not be underestimated.
    Hänen rooliaan perheen hyvinvoinnin edistämisessä ei voi myöskään aliarvioida.
    Neither should her role in improving the family's wellbeing be belittled.
  6. (intransitive) to be, feel, do, fare (to enquire or talk about wellbeing)
    Kuinka voitte?
    How are you? / How are you doing?
    En voi kovin hyvin.
    I'm not feeling too well.


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".