"I eat tomatoes at breakfast."
Translation:Kahvaltıda domates yerim.
So apparently adverbials go to the front? I tried "Ben domates kahvaltıdan yerim.", but it wasn't accepted. :(
That's also my impression, I was just going to mention that. Though I thought it was the other way round: If an object has no case endings, then it can only appear in front of the verb (almost as if it was incorporated).
There is no mistake. :) We use singular for indefinte plurals (i.e.; plural nouns without a 'the' in English).
There is another question where "Fil postanede domates yer" translated as "The elephant eats tomatoes at the post office" is marked as wrong. It says it has to be "a tomato". Why?
That is locative ("at the..."), whereas in this case "domates" is tied to an ablative construction . Think of nouns in Turkish as metaphysical unless otherwise noted. It is the metaphysical ideal of "tomatoness" until it is placed in a specific time and place by a sentence construction. Hope that made helped!
Not really… so domates after „kahvaltıda“ means plural, after „postanede“ it means singular – is it because „kahvaltıda“ is a time and „postanede“ a place?
It can be singular or plural in either of these cases. This sentence can also be "I eat a tomato at breakfast."
General direct objects without adjectives can be interpreted as singular or plural in Turkish and are context salient.
My impression is, this is similar to the behavior of uncountable nouns in english - except that it's applicable to countable ones - you'd say "I had wine for dinner" - not "one wine" or "wines", right? (I'm not a native English speaker, and not certain: could you say "I had tomato for breakfast" if you want to put emphasis on what you had no matter how much of it?). By the way - is "at breakfast" in the given context the same as "for breakfast"? I think I tried "for breakfast" once and it was counted as an error. Not quite sure though if there wasn't another problem with my answer.
As a native English speaker I agree with everything you wrote Juergen. Thank you for your contribution.
That post really needs to clarify when to use the plural and when not to. I certainly can't deduce the rules from the examples given. It seems like Algebra all over again: "It's this way because we say so, but we can't explain why."