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[Grammar] Plurals

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Forming the plural in Turkish is simple compared to the Accusative case. It is formed using the suffix -lAr. Now you might be thinking, “what is that capital A doing there?” to which we respond with 2-way vowel harmony.

This is the other form of vowel harmony found in Turkey suffixes. Basically if the final vowel is front (i, e, ü, ö) use -ler. If it is back (a, ı, o, u), use the suffix -lar. This rule along with the rule for four way vowel harmony will be used in several suffixes across Turkish grammar, so try to get used to it now.

Here are some examples:

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

One important exception is the words that end in -aat or sometimes -at. Despite having 'a' as their last vowel, we pluralize them with "-ler". Just learn one important example word: Saat (clock/hour) becomes Saatler (when you would naturally expect *saatlar)

3 years ago

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    arkadaşlarım = my friends : Question ? can I add "I'm" "um" onto all these example to make it say "my bears" "my turkeys" etc or is this too simple and jumping the gun.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/AlexinNotTurkey
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    If you follow vowel harmony, yes. :)

    3 years ago

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      Cheers

      3 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ExaM6

      its difficulT I cant undersatand

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AlexinNotTurkey
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      What exactly do you not understand? I could maybe help if you have a specific question :)

      2 years ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/sambriggs93

      I'm confused about a couple of the sentences from the plural part of the course - why doesn't the suffix change from the 'o' suffix to the 'onlar' suffix. E.g. I thought 'kaplumbağalar peynir yer' would be 'kaplumbağalar peynir yerler'. Thanks for any help!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/sambriggs93

      believe I found my answer in the 'continuous 1' grammar section - for anyone who's interested...

      'If the nominative pronoun "onlar," is used in the sentence, you are not required to include '-lAr’ as a suffix, since it is already clear that the verb is plural from context. You can only use -lAr if the subject is human. Sorry cat, trees, and cars!'

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/xremasxx

      but if you said that -ler will come after the letters you have mentioned what about kopekler (english keyboard) as in dogs there is none of the vowels you have mentioned but -ler is used instead of -lar why can someone explain please?

      6 months ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Nana969415
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      okay three questions here so please please help me

      Q1:adam gazeteler okur--> is wrong, is it not?it has to be (gazeteyi) or(gazeteleri)....right?

      Q2: plural accusative suffix form: ler-->i and lar-->ı and don't follow consonant harmony rule.....right??

      Q3: could you by any mean explain bu kitablar--bunlar kitablar--bunlar kitab.....please??

      thanks in advance =D

      4 months ago
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