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Arnoud Hoorn

Help with turkish translation

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Hi there,

 

I've been learning turkish for a while, but sometimes when I try translating something, I don't understand the grammar. If this isn't the right place to ask, please refer me to a suitable place.

 

If not, fould someone help explain the grammar in this sentence?

 

Gözlerinde bir yol var ah geçsem mi çağırır beni

 

What kinda suffix is sem in geçsem? Also, i get that çağırır is in aorist tense, but it doesn't make sense that the personal suffix would be ır as well.

 

So help would be much appreciated.

 

Greetings,

 

Arnoud

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"sem" is the 1st person conditional, it makes the word mean "if I pass". "Çağırmak" is "to call or summon" therefore " geçsem mi çağırır beni " is "if I pass does it summon me". To explain that..."Çağır" is the verb root and the aorist ending "ır" (he she or it) is added to that.

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Thanks a lot. Had never heard of the 1st person conditional. 

Haha, of course. If the root is already ending with ır, the personal suffix for the 3rd person singular would be an extra ır.. stupid of me.

 

Thanks again

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You're very welcome, I'm no expert, I've lived here for nearly 16 years and I'm ashamed of my Turkish but keep on trying, it really does get easier.

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It's a great deal easier dealing with the written word mate, I would only have got the gist (maybe) in a live conversation.

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