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"What does this sentence mean?"

Translation:Bu cümle ne demek?

November 3, 2015



Why "demek"? Or it is not infinitive here.


"ne demek" is a set phrase that means "What does X mean" :)


AlexinNotTurkey explained this word very well. But, I want to say something extra:

In Turkish, when "mean" is used as a verb it means "anlam(ın)a gelmek", "anlam(ın)da olmak", "ifade etmek", "anlatmak", "demek istemek" and so...

So you can also say "Bu cümle ne anlama geliyor?", "Bu cümle ne ifade ediyor?" or "Bu cümle ne anlatıyor?"... All the meanings are same. As AlexinNotTurkey says; "What does this sentence mean?"

What does X mean? = X ne demek? / X ne anlama geliyor? / X ne ifade ediyor? / X ne anlatıyor?..


But what about anlama as a noun? Bu cümle anlamin nedir? Somerhing like that.. can it work?


Bu cümle ne anlama geliyor olmadı?

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