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"Bu kitabı sevdim."

Translation:I like this book.

May 12, 2015



I heard that "xy sevdim" is actually used for "I love xy" in the present. The esplanation was something like this: I started loving it in the past, and I still love it now. If I would say "xy seviyorum" it would mean, that I love it only just right now, in this moment, but usually I don't. What is the experts' opinion on this? Sağ ol!

May 12, 2015


actually I don't agree :) "sevdim" for "I like/love" is rather like a reaction. You have a look at it and you have an idea ---you use present in English and past in Turkish. If I see your new shirt, I would say "Gömleğin ne güzel, çok sevdim!" (How beautiful is your shirt, I love it!). But I would rather say "Sarı gömleğini çok seviyorum, bugün onu giy" (I like your yellow shirt a lot, wear it today). So as you can see "seviyorum" is actually more general, "usually" I like it, I have liked it so far and I still do.

May 12, 2015


Two Turkish experts and you have completely different views on the above comment! How do you expect us commoners to learn your language :D

September 18, 2015


I remember hearing the phrase "seni öptüm!", which i believe you would translate with a present meaning in English ("I kiss you") and many other languages. So, to me, "bu kitabı sevdim" was reinforcing the idea that Turkish likes to use the past in some situations when the present is used in other languages. I have trouble using your comment to explain the "seni öptüm" phrase.. May I ask what your thoughts are about "seni öptüm"?

March 28, 2016


This is completely off-topic, but if anyone reading this is also studying Portuguese: the use of present vs. past with GOSTAR (sevmek, to like) works exactly the way that is explained for the examples here. Exactly the same way.

August 5, 2019


That seems like a pretty good way to put it to me. I never really found the right way to put this into language. "The expert" is taking notes so he can explain it in the future. :)

May 12, 2015


phewww. :D This seems to be a bigger topic than I thought. I guess I'll wait for my language feeling to develop rather than trying to "understand" it. Does this happen with sevmek only, or are there more verbs like this? Thank you very much for your answers!!

May 15, 2015


How about 'özlemek'? As far as I know, they say 'seni çok özledim' meaning 'I miss you'. Doğru mu?

June 13, 2015


I don't understand how if the verb is in past tense how can be that the translation is in present?

January 19, 2016


In Turkish, if you are stating a reaction to something "saying that you like/love something that already happened), you use the past tense. The present tense is reserved for general statements.

If you want to say that you liked something in the past, you use the past perfect (sevmiştim/beğenmiştim/etc.)

January 19, 2016


Thanks for your help

January 27, 2016


if you are stating a reaction to something "saying that you like/love something that already happened), you use the past tense.

This is understood. But why does the English translation use the present tense? Why isn't it translated to "I liked this book"?

October 27, 2018


Like "i've started to like it" probably :)

July 13, 2017


I wrote "Bu kitap hoşuma gitti" but it was rejected. So is hoşuna gitmek, as opposed to sevmek, only used in its present form when referring to currently liking something?

December 2, 2015


Just a missing alternative. There are a lot of ways to express liking in Turkish and we accidentally forgot his one for this sentence :) It has been added.

December 2, 2015


İt should be İ liked this book

December 19, 2015


Nope, that would be "Bu kitabı sevmiştim." The verb "sevmek" is a little odd :)

December 19, 2015


"I liked this book" is currently an accepted answer. Should that not be the case?

December 31, 2015


i couldn't understand , what is the difference please ?

October 24, 2017


Is there a verb to differentiate "like" from "love"? If not, how am I sure what is meant when I hear "seni seviyorum"? :-)

March 28, 2016


Just never overreact ;) (There are verbs like beğenmek and hoşlanmak that help to say 'like' in a less exalted way, I think)

July 13, 2017


What's difference between sevmiştim and sevmişim

June 7, 2016


The first one would be "I had liked." It is used for things that occurred in the distant past and in some clauses.

The second one is the reported past tense. It means that it happened in the past without you directly witnessing it (and it is strange to use in the first person in most, but no all, contexts).

June 8, 2016


Perhaps it happened last night when you were so drunk that you don't remember liking the book, so you have to trust your friend when they tell you you did :)

June 8, 2016


Why is this not 'bu kitabı beğendim'...or the translation 'I love this book'? Wouldn't 'sevmek' be better translated as 'I love'?

September 1, 2016


It should be "I loved this book" no "i love this book" or in turkish should be "bu kitabı severim"

January 10, 2019


After reading this, I think it should be "I liked this book" ?!

April 17, 2019


Liked or loved

March 18, 2018


it is in the past tense , the translate should be " I liked this book "

April 30, 2019


"Bu kitabı sevdim." Translation: I like this book.


I liked this book. - (past) tense. Correct other answer.

My answer was accepted by DL on the (08/05/2019)

May 8, 2019
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