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Possessive adjective vs. to be

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How would speakers distinguish between "my daughter " and "I am the girl", as they can both translate into "kızım"? Would a situation like this depend on context, or should "Ben" or "benim" be added for clarification?

3 years ago

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Well, if it means "I am the girl" there will be a period after it. "My daughter" itself is not a sentence, so there will be no period. Also, if for some reason you need to clarify, you can include "ben" or "benim" like you said.

3 years ago

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when speaking we distinguish it by the stress. to be endings don't take stress while possessive endings do.

kız'IM - my girl

'KIZım - i am a girl

As for reading it is easy to understand it from the context.

3 years ago

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my daughter => (benim) kızım i am the girl => ben kızım.

3 years ago