There is no accusative ending on ekmek here so we would not use the definite article with "bread." Is that correct?
You are correct. You can only include "the" if there is the accusative ending.
Then "the bread" should be deleted from the hints on hover. I already reported it.
it shouldn't be deleted. "The bread is cold" for example, will be translated as "Ekmek soğuk".
That would be the nominative case, right? Anyway, I haven't seen "the" in the hints on hover for other nouns. If we want to unify the criteria, we should add "the" in all other hints or delete it in "ekmek".
that's not true, for "an elephant" we can say "bir fil", but we don't have to and we usually don't. "bir" as an indefinite article is not necessary in Turkish.
Why is "Elephants eat bread" wrong? I thought the plural can, but doesn't have to be put? How would it be correct in the plural, "filler ekmek yer" or "fil ekmek yerler"??
I think that if you want to say "elephants eat bread" it would be "filler ekmek yer" or "filler ekmek yerler". The subject indicates whether it's plural or singular, so when that is obvious, you can use 'yer' instead of 'yerler' in short sentences.
Is "elephants eat bread" wrong? It wasn't accepted. I've gathered that the plural ending is not used to generalize, only to indicate multiple actual, e.g., elephants.
So how would I say that elephants (considered generall) eat bread?
the "general" thing is just for objects. ("elephants eat apples" - only "apple" will be singular in Turkish)
Of course we do differentiate between a singular and a plural subject. "elephants eat bread": Filler ekmek yer
Just out of curiosity, can somebody tell me about the etymlogy of 'fil'? I think Turkish is the first language I'm having a go at where "elephant" isn't a cognate of 'elephant'. :)