Eillä

Eillä

What does 'eillä' mean? I have seen it on the internet, as in the following examples: Saakot eillä tosiaan lapsetkin käydä milloin tahansa. Eillä ei ole yhtään kuuma, kateellisena luen helleraporttejanne. Mitä ötököitä eillä oikein on ... ? Eillä eteenpäin. Eillä saa kyllän. In the last example I think it must be 'ei' with the adessive suffix, presumably meaning 'ei-äänellä', but I don't know about the other examples. Also, in the first example, is 'saakot' a colloquial / dialect form of 'saakoot'?

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In the first example, there is obviously a typing error, the space being in a wrong place. What was meant was this: "Saako teillä tosiaan lapsetkin käydä milloin tahansa?" This is quite a colloquial expression; a grammatically correct version would be "Saavatko lapsetkin tosiaan käydä teillä milloin tahansa?"

In example number two, the typing error is a missing M in the beginning. Very presumably the idea was to say "Meillä ei ole yhtään kuuma, kateellisena luen helleraporttejanne."

Similarly, a corrected version of example number three : "Mitä ötököitä meillä oikein on ?"

To understand what was meant in example number four, it would be necessary to know the context. A possible explanation is the same as the one you give to the last example: 'ei' with the adessive suffixe. Thus, it would mean something like "From now on it's 'no'" or "From now on I will answer 'no' to every suggestion".

And yes, I believe you have understood the last example correctly. It could mean something like "If you say'no', you will be answered 'yes'".  "If you want to persuade someone to agree, you had better present your matter in a negative way." Of course using the words ei and kyllä in this way is creative playing on words. In an expository text you would probably not use an expression like this, but in some contexts it could be quite refreshing.

So, strictly speaking, there is no such word as 'eillä' in Finnish.

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