Going to the Doctor
Lesson 113noobie Turkish Noobie
Going to the Doctor
Hopefully you'll never have to use today's lesson, but join us for this one just in case you find yourself in less-than-ideal health while in Turkey.
Phrases for the doctor.
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do you have a lesson that deals more with the polite "in" ending, eg acin, evin etc. I would like to understand more how this is made up. Thanks as always
Dec 02, 2013
We have a language point that deals specifically with the polite imperative -in:


Also check out all these lessons on politeness in Turkish:


It's pretty simple - imperatives (commands) are made with just the stem of a verb: gel! (come!), git! (go!), çalış (work!), etc. To make the more polite version of a command, just add -in (which follows i-type vowel harmony and uses a buffer y):

gelin (come)
öpün (kiss)
alın (take)
uyuyun (sleep)

As always, you should also use this -in when giving a command to multiple people. Gelin! (you guys come!)

(One small note: in your comment you wrote "evin." That's the personal "you" suffix forming "your house" - not the polite command. They look the same, but you can always tell the difference because one goes on nouns and the other goes on verbs.)

Hope that helps! :)
Dec 02, 2013
thanks so much - really helpful! I do love your site.
Dec 02, 2013
Why correct answers doesn't show ? :(
Feb 24, 2014
Hmm, it's working for me. Send me an email at justin@turkishteatime.com if you want to work together to figure out the problem.
Feb 24, 2014
I answered 'Sizce dişinizi ağrıyor' where it should be:
'Sizce dişiniz ağrıyor' or 'Dişiniz ağrıyor sizce'.

Why doesn't 'dişiniz' take an extra 'i' whereas in the 'open your mouth' sentence (haha) it does?
Nov 10, 2014
Good question!

So that -i is the accusative suffix. We put in on words that are the direct objects of verbs.

In the sentence, "Dişiniz ağrıyor", dişiniz is the subject of the sentence. Your tooth hurts. "Hurt" doesn't have an object in this sentence - it's not acting on anything.

In the other sentence ("Open your mouth") the verb *is* acting on something. The verb is "Open." Open what? Open your mouth. "Your mouth" is the object of the verb "open" and therefore needs the accusative -i suffix.

Does that make sense? The accusative can be tricky at first. We have a couple of lessons dedicated specifically to that suffix, so check those out if you find this confusing. :)
Nov 11, 2014
That definitely makes sense. Thanks a lot!
In my previous Turkish course we had to simply learn by head which verb takes which suffix.

"What's 'to look' in Turkish?"
"-a bakmak"

"What is 'to open' in Turkish?"
"-i açmak"
(not even sure these examples are correct, but you get the point)

After studying about 200 verbs I gave up, cause I just kept mixing them up.

This website is abso-effin-lutely amazing! Wish there was one for every language ;). Keep up the good work!
Nov 12, 2014
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