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Kokoo koko kokko kokoon. Koko kokkoko kokoon? Koko kokko kokoon.
Here’s a non-scientific explanation of the well-known Finnish sentence built up with letters K and O (and letter N in one word)!
1. Kokoo koko kokko kokoon. = Put together the whole bonfire (Put up the bonfire).
- Kokoo = put together
- Kokoo = spoken language version of kokoa. Kokoa = imperative of koota, meaning to put together
- koko = all, entire
- kokko = bonfire
- kokoon = together, in one piece
- koko = size, measure; kokoon = ilative of koko, used here as an emphasizer, meaning: in(to) one piece
- koota kokoon = to put together, to build up, to put all the parts together into one piece
2. Koko kokkoko kokoon? = The whole bonfire together?
- kokkoko = kokko + ko: the interrogative form, meaning that the target of the question is kokko
- -ko: interrogative particle, used to emphasize the target of a question
3. Koko kokko kokoon. = The whole bonfire together (this is the answer to the previous question).
- Notice that the only difference compared to the question is the missing -ko particle from kokkoko.