I wrote 'To love is sometimes to leave' and it was wrong apparently, anybody can explain why?
Huh? It is not more correct really. Adverbs don't normally precede the infinitive phrases they are modifying.
So I've worked out why this is wrong. In 'to love is sometimes to leave' the 'sometimes' is not modifying the phrase 'to leave'. It's modifying the entire sentence: it could be rephrased as 'sometimes, to love is to leave'. On the other hand, saying 'to love is to leave sometimes' with the 'sometimes' modifying 'to leave' makes it sound like when you love someone you have to occasionally leave the room and then come back again.
I'm still really confused... How can the adverb come before the predicate?
In sentences which you would translate with BE in English, I thought the predicate was the equivalent of a conjugated verb and had to come at the end. Like: you are here = sen buradasin. Even if burada is not a verb, it still has to come at the end.
Can adverbs escape this rule then? Could you say Sen buradasin bazen?
This phrase sounds strange. Is there an equivalent saying in english?
"Loving sometimes means leaving." might be a fine equivalent.
Both the English and Turkish sound a bit poetic here.
this may sound like a very basic question: But what does not the '- tir' signify here?
Try to put it in a different way:
Sevmek gitmektir bazen
-to love, sometimes, IS TO LEAVE (No actual change is voice tone though)
Sevmektir gitmek bazen
-to leave, sometimes, IS TO LOVE (which makes no sense)
Sevmek gitmek bazen
-feels like it's a bit weaker meaning wise (Not Turk myself but have been learning for a couple of years)
so in a way the -DIR is what makes the sentence understandable depending on what you're trying to say.
I hope I made things a bit clearer :)