"Ördek bir kuştur."

Translation:A duck is a bird.

March 31, 2015



This might be easier for English speakers to memorize for the rule on consonant mutation (where a word ending in an unvoiced consonant -- p, ç, t, k, f, h, s, ş -- undergoes a change to its suffix).









When a word ends in one of these letters and the suffix that means to be for third person singular (he/she/it) or third person plural (they) or the locative or ablative case endings* ...

... d changes to t as in:

he/she/it is -dir/-tir -dır/-tır -dür/tür -dur/-tur

they are -dirler/-tirler -dırlar/-tırlar -dürler-/türler -durlar/-turlar

EXAMPLE: Köpek küçük+tür. (The dog is small.)


-da/-ta (ending for locative case) (Vowel harmony applies as in examples for “to be” above.)

EXAMPLE: Deniz hangi taraf+ta? (Which side is the sea?)


-dan/-tan (ending for ablative case) (Vowel harmony applies as in examples for “to be” above.)

EXAMPLE: kiptap+tan (from the book)

For other suffix changes, just the following letters are affected:

ç to c [kazanç (profit) - kazancı (his profit)]

k to ğ [as in köpek (dog) - köpeğiniz (your dog)]

p to b [as in kitap (book) - kitabı (his book)]

t to d [as in kilit (lock) - kilidi (his lock)]

A great deal of the above comes from a very helpful website I refer to from time to time. It is called Manisa Turkish. Pages used for this comment have been pasted below:

http://www.turkishlanguage.co.uk/conmut.htm (Information on consonant mutation.)**

http://www.turkishlanguage.co.uk/tobepos.htm (Information on to be.)

Hope some of you find this helpful.

*If you need a review on either of those cases, click on the links below:

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/tr/Locative (for locative)

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/tr/Ablative) (for ablative)

**NOTE: For some reason Manisa Turkish does not include the letter "f" in its section on unvoiced and voiced consonants (which could be an inadvertent omission), but it is included at the very end of the page in the section on "Turkish Consonant Mutation Rules." It is also included in the tips and notes section for "Locative," so I made it part of the mnemonic at the top of this comment.

June 22, 2015


After writing the post above, I began wondering about the reasons for the consonant mutation rule and, in the process, I stumbled upon the following from (oddly enough) a website on English language and usage (https://english.stackexchange.com/). I found the information interesting, but more than that, often times when a student knows the reason behind a rule, it then becomes easier to remember and apply that rule to unfamiliar words in the future. So, I decided to post it below:

In English (and Latin, and most Indo-European languages, among many others), /b/ and /p/ are identical in pronunciation (both are bilabial stops), differing only in their Voice parameter; /b/ is Voiced, while /p/ is Voiceless.

It is a fact about the human vocal tract that consonant clusters that differ in Voice are difficult to pronounce, because changing from Voiced to Voiceless consonants requires independent movement of the larynx, which can be very hard to switch on and off at the millisecond timing required for consonant clusters.

Therefore there is a universal tendency in human language for consonant clusters to be either all Voiced or all Voiceless. However, what determines voicing when a cluster is formed from two dissimilarly-voiced consonants varies from language to language.

Note: The excerpt is from John Lawler, a retired English grammarian. If you would like to know more about his credentials/background, you can do so by clicking here: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/15299/john-lawler.

June 28, 2015


Good point - yes, voicing assimilation is common.

As you point out, the difference is whether such a sequence tends to become two voiced or two unvoiced sounds, and secondarily whether this voicing/devoicing gets reflected in the orthography or not.

June 29, 2015


This post must be pinned to somewhere. Well done. Eline sağlık.

June 22, 2015



June 22, 2015


For those who may try those last two links, you cannot go to them unless you have already done all the lessons before them. So you should access that information through the grammar portal here. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7738932

March 8, 2016


For the germans haifişpostkuçe works also really good to remember the consonants. ;)

June 4, 2015


so shouldn't this have -dir? it's a fact...

March 31, 2015


Actually, it does have -dir. Because of wovel harmony, the i becomes u and because of consonant something (I do not remember the name of the rule, sorry) the d becomes t.

March 31, 2015


I've seen "consonant harmony". Or "consonant assimilation".

June 23, 2015


ah okay, i haven't totally memorised vowel harmony yet :)

March 31, 2015


If a word ends with one of these letters - p, ç, t, k, f, h, s, ş ; the following suffix undergoes this kind of a transformation - d becomes t, g becomes k, c becomes ç.

also the vowels must agree. u is only followed by u.

so, kuş + dır becomes kuştur.

April 15, 2015

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Thanks. I saw a comment by Ektoraskan that helps you remember these consonants using the nonsensical mnemonic "Ketçap fahişesi" ("ketchup prostitute"). From https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7738500

April 17, 2015


you can use "fıstıkçı şahap" instead of that lousy mnemonic, which literally translates to "şahap the peanutseller".

April 24, 2015


shouldn't it be "THE duck is a bird" ? since "Ördek süt içer" means "THE duck drink milk" I'm kinda confused here.. why is it "a duck" not "the duck" ??

October 26, 2016


Why isn't it Bir Ördek bir kuştur?

March 19, 2016


That is an accepted alternative. If there is no adjective, "bir" is almost always optional :)

March 21, 2016


Is this " dir" optional ? " Ördek bir kuş" or only with adjetives " O mutlu " :/ :/ :/ it is hard :/...

Well it seems that you use " dir " for facts ... But if it is not a fact, can I say " Ördek memeli " ??? :)

May 11, 2016


Why only one "bir" and if the "-tur" ending on kuş suggests then why not "Bir Ördek kuştur"

March 30, 2017


"Ducks are birds." Not accepted as a correct answer.

September 3, 2018
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