"The days are short in the winter."

Translation:Kışın günler kısadır.

August 3, 2015

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Why we can't say "Kışın günleri kısadır" Or "günler kışta kısadır" ??


Kışın = in winter :-)

With kış (winter) and yaz (summer), the locative case is irregular for some reason. So it's not actually a genitive ('possessor') case ending, it just happens to look the same! And that's why "kışta" isn't accepted here. Another Duo example:

Kışın mutsuzum, yazın mutluyum. = In the winter I am unhappy, in the summer I am happy. here

As for "Kışın günleri", (possessive) that would just have a slightly different translation: "the days OF winter", rather than "the days IN winter" :-)


Same question: why is there a possessor ending on kış but no possessed ending on günler?


Why is "günler kışın kısadır" wrong ? The normal order seems to me to be Subject Object Verb in Turkish. Thanks for yours answers.


Yves23A asked 2 years ago 'Why is "günler kışın kısadır" wrong ? It would be helpful to know why the subject is not first in the sentence.

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I asked the same question 1 year ago but nobody replied. As a Turkish native speaker, it should be accepted. It is often used (for example in a geography class) as: "günler kışın kısadır, yazın uzundur." English translation, "The days are short in the winter and long in the summer"

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"günler kışın kısadır" is not accepted and i don't understand why


Why not kışda günler kısadır "in winter" the days are short


"Kışda" and "kışta" (from the other response) are both wrong. Winter and Summer have special forms that do not follow the locative.

kışın = in winter
yazın = in summer


Well i don't know answer of your question but it has a mistake and that is in kışda. It is not that, it is kışta.


I am very confused as the alternative answer had a verb in the sentence! :) it was- kisin günler kisadir. I cannot work out when to use - kisin günler kisa - and when to use kisin günler kisadir.


It depends if you want it to sound like a fact or not. Winter does indeed have shorter days...this is a fact. -DIr highlights that. If you do not use it, it just sounds like a statement. :)


I see, thanks, this was a helpful explanation. :)


Same question: why is there a possessor ending on "kış" (kışın) but no possessed ending on günler?

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Kışın, and similarly yazın don't have the possessor ending, they are adverbs; the two forms happen to look the same. It's not a productive formation, you cannot stick it on to any odd word but there are probably a handful more examples. Hope this helps! :)


The day is 24 hours.. si "Sabahlar" are short not "günler".


It is the same in English. We say "the days are shorter in winter" although it is understood that we mean that "the amount of daylight available to us is shorter in winter".

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