"Aslında Çin yemeklerini sevmem."

Translation:Actually I do not like Chinese food.

April 20, 2015

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    Why food is plural? Is it normal in turkish?


    Using the singular in this instance would make it seem as if you do not like a specific Chinese food/dish. So, you use the plural to indicate that you do not like Chinese cuisine/food. Does this help?

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      Yep, thank you!


      I am stuck on the "-ini" in "yemeklerini." What grammatical function does the "ini" (or its component pieces) have? Is it even necessary?

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      I'm not a native speaker, but here's my understanding: the -in is necessary because Çin yemeklerin is a compound noun, and the -i is because it's in the accusative case (there's discussion above about why this counts as "definite" even though it's not in English).


      Thanks. That sounds reasonable. I was still puzzled about the "n" in "ini". Also a few exercises further down there was another "ini" : "Ben onun kitaplarını asla okumam." and then yet another: "Akşam yemeklerini ben pişirmem, kocam pişirir" So finally in my brand new "Delights of Leaning Turkish" book I found the reason. The "n" is a BUFFER between two "i" suffixes. On page 161 it has a table of buffers. Under the "n" buffer category it says that one use of buffer-n- is: "after a word which has already been suffixed with a possessed ending" It gave examples such as "Onlarin arabalarını gördüm." I saw their cars." where the the first "ı' in "ını" is the possessed case marker, the "n" is a buffer, and the second "ı" marks the accusative case. That appears to be what is going on in the infernal "yemeklerini" in our exercise. "Delights" also says the same rule applies after "ki" when it is followed by another suffix. Whew!



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      Can you also use "sevmiyorum" here?


      Yes, you can :-) Sevmiyorum and sevmem both mean I do not like


      But is there any difference? I'm really confused as to when we should use aorist or present continuous. I heard before that for most situations present continuous is preferred, and aorist is used for habits. But that does not seem to be the case with seviyorum/sevmiyorum...


      Can't we say "I don't like chinese food indeed"?


      indeed means ''kesinlikle'' which is not in that sentence


      How about "I don't like Chinese food at all."


      That would be "... hiç sevmem" and you couldn't use "aslında" in your sentence. :)


      Can we say that all these samles in simple past tense?


      I am sorry...I am not sure if I understood your question. :)

      When you are reacting to something, "sevmek" and several other verbs that mean "to like" are used in the past tense.


      Can this not be translated as Chinese meals, if you mean not likıng Chinese meals in general?


      It's not common to say "Chinese meals" in a general statement: "Chinese food" is used instead.


      If this is talking about Chinese food in general, why is "yemeklerini" definite?


      I believe, it is in accusative because it is a direct object and the generality is denoted by the plural (see the answer to _Zughy's question).


      I really do not like Chinese meals is stated to be incorrect. Aslında means really. Yemekler means meals. What is the problem?


      'Really' is not accepted for 'aslında'. What is the explanation for this?


      Really = gerçekten


      2 points. 'Really' not accepted for aslında - why? Çin is an adjective, not a noun, so why the 'in' in yemeklerini? This is not a compound noun.


      1st really means gerçekten - and if it bothers you you can translate "aslında" to "in fact". - 2nd "yemek-leri-n-i" as you can see "Çin yemekleri" means Chinese food - the "-n" is just a buffer - the "i" is for the accusative. so "Çin yemeklerini" means "Chinese food (in the accusative form)" .... if hope that helps :)


      Futher to MustavaM's comments, what does the stand alone word yemekleri mean?

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