"I am a Turkish citizen."

Translation:Ben bir Türk vatandaşıyım.

3 years ago

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Ben turk bir vatandaşiyim is not true? Like ben mutlu bir insanim

3 years ago

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"Türk vatandaşı" is called a compound noun, and the indefinite adjective "bir" comes right before the noun, so it can't be "Ben Türk bir vatandaşıyım." You shouldn't put any other word between "Türk" and "vatandaşı", they're inseparable. "Ben mutlu bir insanım." does not include a phrase like that, there's only a noun (insan) and 2 adjectives (mutlu, bir)

3 years ago

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vatandaşım*.

It's not idiomatic though.

3 years ago

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I think I've just seen this compound in the exercise : Çin vatandaşı. So we use the name of the country + possessive. But in the sentence discussed here, it's adjective + possessive... Completely lost :s

2 years ago

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Many times, nationalities are treated as nouns in Turkish :) (and that things on the end isn't a possessive, it is simple the 1st person ending for the verb "to be")

2 years ago

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OK... but citizen is vatandas, right? So vatandas-i-yim, I can see an extra i here that I thought was the possessive. Unless I got the root wrong?

2 years ago

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It is! "vatandaş" + "-i" + "-yim" = "citizen" + "3rd person possessive (used for noun compounds like this) + "1st person personal ending" :)

Another example would be "Annemsin" = "Anne" + "-m" + "-sin" = "Mother" + "my" + "2nd person personal ending" :) "You are my mother"

2 years ago

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Ok, thank you :)

2 years ago

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is it possible to omit ben? got dinged.

2 months ago
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