"A year is twelve months."
Translation:Bir yıl on iki aydır.
"A year is twelve months." Translation: Bir yıl on iki aydır.
Can someone explain me the aydir please?
Ay - Month & Moon. In this context it is "Month."
Ay + dır - aydır. "Is" a Month.
The "-dır" suffix is used for factual statements.
The Turkish suffix "-dır" in English equates to "is."
The Suffixes DIR / DİR / DUR / DÜR / TIR / TİR / TUR / TÜR
Last Vowel Ending / Suffix
a, ı dır
e, i dir
o, u dur
ö, ü dür
HOWEVER, if the word ends in one of those consonants [f, s, t, k, ç, ş, h, p], the suffixes are tır, tir, tur, tür
Bir yıl on iki aydır. "A year is twelve months."
The only vowel of "ay" is "-a", so use the "-dır" suffix.
DL--or so it seems--doesn't want us to use numerals in answers, preferring instead that we spell them out (Arabic is a notable exception to this rule as you probably know by now). In the Turkish course, numerals can be accepted--grudgingly--at times, but not always.
If we did a post-mortem on your answer, it is likely that the 'bot had the most trouble with the "1" starting your sentence. The bir in the original Turkish was not meant as the number one here, but as the indefinite article "a." Being a computer, completely unable to read minds or intentions, it marked your entire answer wrong.
(It is possible, though, that the duobot might have accepted the "12" if you had started your translation with "bir" instread, but we would have to field-test it to be certain. :-)