"Bir asır yüz yıldır."

Translation:A century is a hundred years.

March 27, 2015

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is asır a synonym for yüzyil?


"Asır" comes from Arabic and "yüzyıl" has a Turkish origin, literally means hundred years. They both mean century in modern Turkish. However, you can hear yüzyıl more often.


İn Arabic, "عصر" means "age" or "era" so its not even a precise borrowing which I think is funny.


A more accurate word is Qarn/Karn (قرن)


In Turkish, you can use "çağ" or "devir" for the translation of age/era.

For example;

• İlkçağ, Ortaçağ, Yeniçağ, Yakınçağ → Primeval era, Mediaeval era, New era, Contemporary age

• Buz devri, Taş devri(çağı), Maden devri(çağı) → Ice age, Stone age, Metal age.


"Bir asır yüz yıldır." Translation: A century is a hundred years.


A century is one hundred years.

Başka doğru İngilizce cevap.

Correct other English answer accepted by Duo.


I got it but.......

Is it accepted to say (each century has one hundred years) It is more suitable i feel

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That's a correct sentence, but it is not the translation of the Turkish sentence above. The meaning is different.


Can someone explain to me why the "r" in "asır" (or "hayır") is pronounced "sh"?


It's called devoicing. Look it up, I'm not too sure on the details :)


I don't understand where you're supposed to add the -dir suffix. I thought it was added to the subject? Would 'bir asırdir yüz yıl' be wrong? Or 'yüz yıl bir aaırdir'? Thank you!


The "-dir" suffix can be added to verbs, nouns, adjectives or adverbs. "Bir asırdır yüz yıl." is not wrong, it is just inverted. In Turkish, verbs are generally placed at the end of the sentence. And, "-dir" suffix that is used for facts and statements can be treated as the translation of the verb "to be". Therefore, in a regular sentence, it must be placed at the end of the sentence.


why is it yıldır for the plural and not yıllar?

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It is not plural. The -dir is there to emphasize the fact that 100 years make a century.

Yil remains singular. A native speaker should confirm whether this is mandatory, or if yillar also is possible here. I believe not.


I am no native speaker, but it must remain in the singular here. Nouns never ever take the plural suffix after numbers.


That's pretty strange. I could never think you are not a native speaker :/


İn general factual statements which word gets the dır suffix? Also how losely is the suffix used? For example can a friend use it to lie, or a politician to lie about statitistics?


A hundred years is a century, was not accepted. If A = B, B = A. This we learned in grammar school. Please be logical.

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A language is not maths. You really shouldn't expect logic when learning a foreign language.


Can i say Bir yüzyil yüz yildir?


Yes, you can. It should be correct.


Can we say "Bir asır yüz yil."?


Does the -d|r sufix here works the same way as here -> "Burada iki gündür yağmur yağıyor"?


Hello mamimi18

Does the -d|r sufix here works the same way as here -> "Burada iki gündür yağmur yağıyor"?

The -d|r suffix is used for factual statements.

Just to confuse matters it is also used for, "suggestion."

My experience on Duo is this;

If I forget to use it for factual statements Duo will decline my answer.

Most of the time it is, "optional" & I try not to use it. You have to make a judgement on this yourself as necessary. You will see on all my answers if it is optional & I also say, "answer not accepted without the -dir suffix.

"Burada iki gündür yağmur yağıyor" Optional use of the -dür suffix.

"Burada iki gün yağmur yağıyor" Correct answer without the -dür suffix.

Thank you.


Good explanation, but -dir suffix in mamimi18's comment is not that kind of suffix that is used for facts or statements. It implies a specific time duration. I found a more detailed explanation on internet regarding this matter.



Why it is yildir


Hello NamraSaifi2

Why it is yildir?

The -dir suffix is used for factual statements in Turkish.

Thank you.

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