"The elephants eat an apple."
Translation:Filler bir elma yer.
Now this is downright cruel. Did anyone think to give them a knife to cut the apple in half?
Why isn't it "Filler bir elmayı yer"? Isn't 'elma' a direct definite object here?
"an apple" in not definite. Also, to the best of my knowledge, you will never ever see "bir" and the accusative used together.
Actually, it happens sometimes.
The "not definite → not accusative" rule only works if the object is in the immediate vicinity of its verb:
Ex: Beş ayda ancak bir kitap bitirebilirim. (I can only finish one book in 5 months).
Let's change the place of the "bir kitap"
"Bir kitap ancak beş ayda bitirebilirim" is no longer acceptable. You have to use the accusative:
"Bir kitabı ancak beş ayda bitirebilirim."
Ahhh....you are right. I tend to forget things that I use in spoken Turkish when I am writing! This is grammatical, but since we are teaching the foundations of Turkish in this course, you should try to stick to a normal word order. Thanks Ektoraskan!
Merhaba...can you plz tell me if the grammar tips are in this app or do i have to go to the website??? Am new:)
They cannot be viewed on the app. They are only available on the website. Happy learning and welcome! :)
I don't understand this answer! Why haven't I been using the accusative in these sentences?
Because 'filler' is not the object of the sentence. We put the accusative suffix when we say about a specific direct object. E.g.: Aslanlar filleri yer. = The lions eat the elephants. 'Filleri bir elma yer' is not correct because 'filleri' is the subject of the sentence and it's in the nominative case.
I hope I can help you. :)
If you say ''filler elma yerler'' its not completely wrong Turkish people use this either. But a rule says that if your subject is plural, your predicate must be singular. By the way, we use this rule if subject is not human. (like 'fil')
How would I indicate that it is just elephants rather than the elephants?
As i know we cant define plural things E.g we cant say the elephants We just say elephants Can some one answer me please
yer is third person singular and yerler third person plural. Because "filler" indicates the plural, in Turkish it sufficient to use "yer" but "yerler" is ok too but not commonly used I guess
What is the difference of yer, yersin,yerler,yerim??? Something thing as ic,icer,icerniz ???????
filler -> nominative plural from fil filleri -> accusative plural from fil