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Translation:Yunan alfabesinde kaç harf var?

July 5, 2015



Yirmi dört: α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ τ υ φ χ ψ ω.


Bilmek istedim! Teşekkürler!


I wrote Yunanca alfabede kac tane harf var and it got accepted. Is it then okay to do away with the -si in alfabesi in this case?


Why are we supposed to say Yunan here instead of Yunanca? Surely the alphabet belongs to the language, not the country?

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Can it be also Yunan alfabesinde kaç harfli?


"Yunan alfabesi kaç harfli?" is the correct sentence.


But it is not accepted. I am reporting it.

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Understood. Teşekkür ederim!


Which is more natural/common in Turkish, the sentence ending in "kaç harf var" or the one ending in "kaç harfli?"


"Kaç tane harf Yunanca alfabesinde var." I believe it is an acceptable alternative.


Can anyone explain where the 'sin' in alfabesinde' comes from?


alfabe - alphabet
Yunan alfabesi (compound noun) - Greek alphabet
Yunan alfabesinde (locative) - in the Greek alphabet


Thats not right, the -(s)i comes from the posessive; is the the alphabet of the greek language. The -de is the locative, and the -n- comes in as a buffer. I cant remwmber the exact reason why we need a buffer n here, but we do


If it is possessive, I suppose it should be ”Yunanın alfabesi”, no? But there's no possessive marker, hence I thought it was a compound noun too.


Yes, Yunan is not in genitive, therefore I would say it's a compound noun here. Besides, Yunan doesn't mean the Greek language, it is either a noun meaning Greek (person) or an adjective. It's actually interesting because here it has the role of an adjective but grammatically behaves more like a noun, forming a compound noun with alfabe.


Yunanca kaç harflı?


Why not using var mi at the end otherwise how do we know it is question ?


how do we know it is question ?

Because it has the question word kaç in it.

mi is used for yes-no questions and for "choose one" questions of the kind "Do you want tea or coffee?".

Questions with a question word (who, what, why, which, how, ...) do not use mi.

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