Turkish Personal Pronouns - 'I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they'

Turkish Personal Pronouns - "I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they"

Turkish Personal Pronouns - "I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they"

In Turkish the Personal Pronouns are two categories:

(1) Stand-alone Pronouns:
Ben gidiyorum.I am going.

(2) Pronouns in suffix form:
Gidiyorum.I am going.

The stand-alone personal pronouns are not used widely as the person is evident from the personal verb ending.

They are used for emphasis only in their simple form as the verb form itself already points to the person.

This is similar to Spanish where a person will say "comprendo" I understand instead of "Yo comprendo"

Stand-alone are used in their extended forms:

bendeon me
sizinof you
bizdenfrom us

when suffixes to, from, with, etc. are added to them.

Turkish Simple Personal Pronouns List

  • Stand Alone Personal Pronoun

  • benI

  • senyou [familiar]

  • oHe, she, it

  • bizwe

  • sizyou[formal]

  • onlarthey

Emphasis of the Turkish Personal Pronoun

When the pronoun needs to be emphasized the stand-alone version is used together with the personal suffixed verb tense form.

gidiyorumI'm going
emphasized →
ben gidiyorumI am going

kaldıkwe stayed
emphasized →
biz kaldıkwe stayed

Turkish Suffixed Pronouns

These suffixed forms are used to show extended meaning pronoun within a sentence.

Suffixed Pronouns "I, we, you, they"
Singular Plural
ben I biz we
[NOT bene]
to me bize to us
[NOT benin]
of me, my bizim
[NOT bizimiz]
beni me (obj.) bizi us (obj.)
bende on me bizde on us
benden from me bizden from us
benimle or benle with me bizimle or bizle with us

Suffixed Pronouns "you (sing.) you (plur.)"
Singular, familiar Plural, polite,formal, public
sen you siz you
[NOT sene]
to you size to you
senin of you, your sizin your
seni you (obj.) sizi you (obj.)
sende on you sizde on you
senden from you sizden from you
seninle or senle with you sizinle or sizle with you

Suffixed Pronouns "he, she, it, they"



o he, she, it onlar they
ona to him, her, it onlara to them
onun of him, his, her, its onların their
onu him, her, it(obj.) onları them (obj.)
onda on him, her,it onlarda on them
ondan from him, her, it onlardan from them
onunla or onla with him, her, it onlarla with them

The Third person spelling changes. All extended forms of o use buffer letter when adding suffixes.

he, she, it adds letter -n- →
o-nu, o-na him , to him

The third person plural is also irregular becoming onlarthey.

Extended Forms Turkish Personal Pronouns

The main use for the Personal Pronouns is to extend them with suffixes to, from, with etc.

Tukish Motion Toward Suffix (dative)-e /-ato, towards

Personal pronouns show some changes in spelling have naturally occurred in the Turkish language:

  • Motion Toward Suffix

  • banato me
    [NOT bene.]

  • sanato you
    [NOT sene.]

  • onato him, to her, to it

  • bizeto us
    [NOT bizimiz.]

  • sizeto you

  • onlarato them

These forms are irregular bana, sana where bene, sene would have been expected.

This is a shift that has happened historically.

The Kazakh and Uzbek Turkic languages have not made this vowel shift.

  • Bana onu verin.Give it / that to me

  • Onlara bakınız.Look at them.
    [LIT: towards them.]

  • Bize inanıyorlar.They believe us.
    [LIT: believe to us.]

Turkish says bize inanınbelieve to us

The word inanmakto believe takes the "movement toward condition" as its object.

English uses the direct object for the verb Believe us.

Some other verbs in English that do not take the direct object case:
"I am frightened OF the dark."

Turkish Static Condition Suffix (locative)-de/-dain, on, at

  • Static Condition suffix

  • bendein, on,at me

  • sendeon you

  • ondaon him, on her, on it

  • bizdeon us

  • sizdeon you

  • onlardaon them

  • Bende para yok.I've got no money.
    [LIT: on me]

  • Sende para var mı?Have you got any money?
    [LIT: on you]

  • Bizde para var mı?Have we got any money?
    [LIT: on us]

Turkish Motion Away Suffix (ablative)-den/-danfrom, via

  • Motion Away Suffix

  • bendenfrom me

  • sendenfrom you

  • ondanfrom him, her ,it

  • bizdenfrom us

  • sizdenfrom you

  • onlardanfrom them

  • Benden bir şemsiye alabilirsiniz.
    You can have an umbrella off me.
    [lit: from me]

  • Senden bir sigara alır mıyım?
    Can I have a cigarette off you?
    [lit: take from you]

  • Ondan korkuyorum
    I am frightened of him
    [lit: frightened from him]

Turkish Ownership Suffix -in/-ın/-un/-ünof, belonging to

  • Ownership Suffix

  • benimmy, of me

  • seninyour, of you

  • onunhis, hers, its, of him.

  • bizimour, of us

  • sizinyour, of you

  • onlarıntheir, of them

  • Benim şemsiyemi [şemsiye-m-i] alabilirsiniz.
    You can take my umbrella.

  • Senin araban yeni mi?
    Is your car new?

  • Onların arabası eskidir.
    Their car is old.

Turkish Direct Object Suffix -i -ı -u -ü"the"

  • Direct Object Suffix.

  • benime

  • seniyou

  • onuhim, her, it

  • bizius

  • siziyou

  • onlarıthem

  • Mehmet, beni vurdu.
    Mehmet shot me.
    [ben-i "me" as a direct object]

  • Ali, arabanı onardı mı?
    Did Ali repair your car?
    [araba-n-ı "your car" as a direct object]

  • Mustafa, onu yaptı
    Mustapha did it.
    [on-u "it" as a direct object]

Turkish "with" suffix -le -la (ile) suffix "with, and, together"

  • "with, via" Suffix

  • ben(im)lewith me

  • sen(in)lewith you

  • on(un)lawith him, her, it.

  • biz(im)lewith us

  • siz(in)lewith you

  • onlarlawith them

-le -la suffix can be considered as an alternative.

The preferred version is added to the genitive -in form of the pronouns.

ben(im)le, sen(in)le, on(un)la, biz(im)le, siz(in)le are alternatives.

The third person plural onlarlawith them is the only alternative.

It is not correct to say onlarınla

  • Mehmet, benimle geldi.
    Mehmet came with me.

  • Mustafa, bizimle kalacak.
    Mustapha will stay with us.

  • Ali, onlarla geldi mi?
    Did Ali come with them?

The Reflexive Pronoun kendiself/own

As an adjective kendi means own

The person agrees with the thing which is owned:

  • kendi bahçemmy own garden

  • kendi evinyour own house

  • kendi arabalarıtheir own car 
    [kendi araba-ları]

The suffixed kendiself Personalized Forms

  • The Reflexive Pronoun

  • kendimmyself

  • kendin[familiar]yourself

  • kendi(si)himself / herself / itself

  • kendimizourselves

  • kendinizyourselves Also: yourself[formal]

  • kendilerithemselves

The third person singular is almost always in the short form:
kendi as the -si suffix is dropped in use.

Kendi is also use in its extended (suffixed) forms:

  • Reflexive Pronoun Extended

  • kendimeto myself

  • kendindenfrom yourself

  • kendinde or kendisindeon himself

  • kendimizlewith ourselves

  • kendinizinof yourselves

  • kendilerindenfrom themselves

The -si suffix IS USED when further suffixes are addedto kendi(si)

Usage of kendiself

Kendi is used in many different contexts, especially for emphasis:

  • Kendi meaning myself, yourself, himself

  • Kendime bir bilgisayar aldım.
    I bought a computer for myself.

  • Bence kendini biraz küçümsüyorsun.
    I think you underestimate yourself a bit.

  • Kendi meaning own, as an adjective.

  • kendi evim or benim kendi evim
    my own house

  • kendi düşüncesi or onun kendi düşüncesi
    her own opinion

  • Kendi meaning on my own or in order to emphasize the subject.

  • Bu resmi ben kendim yaptım.
    I made this picture on my own. (by myself).

  • Bunu biz kendimiz düşündük.
    We thought that on our own. (by ourselves).

  • Kendi giving the meaning of a formal impression:

  • Size bay Sarıkurt'u takdim etmek istiyorum.
    I would like to present you Mr. Sarikurt.

  • Kendisi daha önce bir şirkette CEO olarak çalışıyordu.
    He used to work as a CEO in a company.

This version is used for 3rd person singular and plural, always as kendisi or kendileri.

The use of the formal addressing kendisi himself

This usage is constantly used in newpaper reports and television interviews.

  • Duplication of kendi kendi as an adverb is used to describe verbs:

  • Bilgisayar bozuktu. Ama daha sonra kendi kendine çalıştı.The computer had broken down. But then, it worked by itself.

  • Kendi kendime konuşuyorum.I am talking to myself.

  • Türkçe'yi kendi kendime öğrendim.I learned Turkish by myself/on my own

  • Do not confuse reflexive verbs with the use of kendi:

  • I had a wash. translates as Yıkandım. in Turkish [LIT: I washed myself]

  • The Reflexive Verb Yıkanmak to wash onself is used.

  • [Kendimi yıkadım. is WRONG.]
    The reflexive verb form: Yıkandım. is CORRECT.

  • I got wet. [Kendimi ısladım is WRONG.]
    The reflexive verb form: Islandım. is CORRECT.

Turkish Interrogative Personal Pronoun who?, whom?kim?, kimler?

The pronoun kim?who? has a plural in Turkish: kimler?who?

English who is both singular or plural within its context.

kim who? kimler
kime to whom? kimlere
kimin whose? kimlerin
kimi whom? (obj.) kimleri
kimde on whom? kimlerde
kimden from whom? kimlerden
kiminle or kimle with whom? kimlerle

Turkish Interrogative Pronoun Examples kimwho

  • Kimi gördünüz?
    Whom did you see?
    [Objective Singular]

  • Kimleri gördünüz?
    Whom (what people) did you see?
    [Objective Plural]

  • Arabayı kimlerden aldınız?
    From whom did you buy the car?

  • Parayı kime verdiniz?
    To whom did you give the money?

  • Bu gözlük kimin?
    Whose are these glasses?

  • Kiminle geldi?
    Whom did he come with?

Turkish Impersonal Pronoun birisomebody

  • birisi (singular particular) somebody

  • birileri (plural) somebody

The word somebody in Turkish can be a singular:
somebodybiri, birisi
or plural somebodiesbirileri

biri var, birisi var birileri var all mean There is somebody there.

Positive statements use somebody in English
in Turkish it may be a plural birileri"somebodies"

Turkish Negative Impersonal Pronoun kimse anybody, nobody

Turkish kimse is similar to the French "personne"

It can be negative, positive or interrogative meaning somebody, anybody or anybody?

The meaning of kimse can be singular or plural.

Turkish has no such word as "kimseler."

  • nobodykimse[negative]

  • anybodykimse[negative]

  • anybody?kimse[positive or negative question]

  • kimse can take a suffix:

  • Kimseye [kimse-ye] anlatmam!
    I will not tell anybody!

  • Kimse var mı? Kimseler var mı?
    Is there anybody there?

  • Kimse yok.
    There is nobody there.

  • Kimseden aldin mi?Did you get it from anybody?

  • Şimdiden evde biri (birileri) olmalı.
    There must be somebody at home by now.
    [Positive Statement.]

  • Saat sekizde parkta kimse görünmedi.
    At eight o'clock there was nobody to be seen in the park.
    [Negative Statement.]

  • Saat sekizde parkta kimse var mıydı?
    Was there anybody in the park at eight o'clock?
    [Positive Question.]

  • Şu anda ofisinizde kimse yok mu?
    Isn't there anybody in your office at the moment?
    [Negative Question.]

Turkish Diminutive Form kimsecikkimsecikler

kimsecik, kimsecikler is only used with the negative:
kimsecik yok the the meaning becomes nobody at all

  • Odanın içerisinde / içinde kimse var mı?
    Is there anybody inside the room?

  • Odada kimsecik / kimsecikler yok.
    There is nobody at all in the room.

kimsecik / kimsecikler is only used with negative verbs.

It is invariable and cannot be suffixed.

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