More or Less
Lesson 81noobie Turkish Noobie
More or Less
Today we're showing you how to ask for more or less of something, lest you forever be beholden to the portion sizes of others. Be free.
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hello, I have a doubt:
When you say: I want much more bread we say: daha fazla ekmek istiyorum. Thus, ekmek comes after daha.
but when we say we want 3 more beers you say: üc bira daha istiyoruz. Thus bira comes before daha!
Why we can't say: üc tane daha bira istiyoruz?
Oct 29, 2013
That's a very good question.

You actually can say "üç tane daha bira istiyoruz." Since "tane" is the counting word in Turkish, we can say "üç tane bira daha" or "üç tane daha bira", the first being more common.

Daha is strange, as you noticed. It usually comes before adjectives, but with nouns it is not so. In English, you say "one more apple" but in Turkish we say "one apple more." You never see "daha" between a number and a noun like "bir daha elma."

If you have a quantifier (instead of a number) like "some" or "biraz," then it behaves similarly with "tane" phrases. "Biraz daha elma" or "biraz elma daha" are both possible.

I hope that helps. Feel free to ask some more questions if you're still confused.
Oct 29, 2013
Thank you Justin! now its much more clear!
Oct 31, 2013
Americans sometimes leave behind the skin of their baked potato. (Warning: Do not do this in front of my mother. She will scold you. "Don't you know that all the vitamins are in the skin?!") Would my mother be pleased at the way Turks eat their kumpir?
Jan 25, 2014
Haha! I know - my mom used to tell me the same thing.

Busra and the other Turks around me right now, however, are assuring me that they have never been urged to eat their potato skin and it's considered a bit weird to do so.

Too bad - think about all those vitamins they're missing! :)
Jan 27, 2014
Hi Justin, I love Turkish Tea Time! Such a great resource.

One quick point - I just checked in with my boyfriend who is a native Turkish speaker and he says that "Daha sosis istiyorum." isn't correct Turkish. "Daha" should be accompanied by "az" or "biraz".

Can we have an update of the answers / clarification of this point?

Jun 10, 2017
^ same question for me.
Jan 01, 2020
why not peyinir?
Nov 03, 2020
Hi Justin, are these discussions still attended? Just because I haven't seen recent comments..
I would appreciate an answer to the above question from Candice.
Thanks and Rgds
Mar 19, 2021
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