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When to use the accusative in Turkish?

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I started the Duolingo Turkish course this week and it's goi well so far except that I have this confusion:

I'm on level 1 and I just completed the accusatives exercise where I learned that the object in a sentences receives one of ı, i, u, or ü according to vowel harmony.

In the next exercise: Animals, the accusatives endings are no longer applied. For instance, the sentence "A dog drinks milk" is translated as "Bir köpek süt içer", while I expected "Bir köpek sütü içer". Can anyone why the accusative is not used in this case?

It would be nice if the Turkish course presented the language rules in more details because at the moment I rely on a seperate grammar book to get that information.


2 years ago



Accusative is used when the direct object is preceded by "the" in English.

A dog drinks milk = Köpek süt içer.

A dog drinks the milk = Köpek sütü içer.

2 years ago


When a noun has the accusative case in Turkish, the definite article (i.e. the word "the") is always implied except when the noun is a pronoun. When the direct object does not have the definite article in English, do not use the accusative case in Turkish.

Here are examples:

"The man eats meat" = Adam et yer.

"The man eats the meat" = Adam eti yer.

"The man eats it" = Adam onu yer.

I hope this helped clarify the confusion.

2 years ago