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Lesson 100beginner Turkish Beginner
Come Swim!
Come take a dip in the sweet, suggestive waters of the suffix -sene in today's lesson.
The suffixes -sene and -senize.
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Sep 22, 2013
Congrats to the 100th lesson!
Sep 22, 2013
WOW 100th lesson.Tebrikler guys :) :)
Sep 22, 2013
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Sep 22, 2013
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Sep 22, 2013
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Nov 18, 2013
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Feb 17, 2014
A couple of questions:

On the last question in the review, could you not say:
Geçen gece konuşup durduk.
And how do you decide whether to use "gece" or "akşam"? I have seen you use "akşam" in other places to mean night, when I would really think it means evening.

And this is probably a crazy question: As you note in the language points, although we translate -sene constructions as questions, they really aren't questions in Turkish. So no question mark in Turkish. But is this partly because -sene is sort of the question mark? Just as -mi is really a question mark? I ask because I notice that Turks do not seem to use a lot of punctuation, either to break up a sentence or to exclaim, etc. So we Americans write: "Merhaba!" But it seems Turks are more likely just to write "Merhaba."

Teşekkürler! :)
Mar 18, 2014
Akşam and gece correspond closely to English evening and night. Akşam typically implies a little bit earlier, but just like in English, they're basically interchangeable in colloquial speech. That is, there's not a huge difference between "dün gece" and "dün akşam," just like there's not a huge difference between "yesterday night" and "yesterday evening" in English.

However, there are some set phrases in which the two can not be traded. For example:

iyi geceler, when you are going to sleep
akşam yemeği = dinner
akşamüstü = nightfall
akşam ezanı = the evening call to prayer

You're right that punctuation has a different feel in Turkish - in particular, they often use commas to create sentences that we would consider run-ons in English. However, -sene is not a question marker like mi. We only translate them into questions for ease of understanding. If it helps, just think of "gelsene" as "c'mon, come." There's no feeling that -sene words demand a response (like a question would).
Mar 18, 2014
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