Turkish Simple Tense Positive


Turkish Simple Tense Positive


Turkish Simple Tense Positive





Called the Geniş Zaman Wide Tense in Turkish grammar.

In Grammar it is known as the Aorist [Untimed] Tense



(1)Turkish Habitual Action


The Simple Tense signifies a timeless situation:

It does not specify a time of the present, past or future.

It is used to denote action that is habitual or untimed.

  • Her gun denizde yüzerim.
    I swim in the sea every day.

  • Ayşe hanım dondurmayı cok sever.
    Miss Ayshe likes ice cream a lot.

  • Her gece eve dönerim.
    I come back home every night.

  • Her gün düzenli olarak traş olur.
    He shaves regularly each day.

  • Genelikle et yeriz.
    Generally we eat meat.

  • Her hafta sonunda futbol oynarlar.
    They play football every weekend.




(2) Turkish Consent or Willingness


The Simple Tense shows consent or willingness.

It is considered as a gentle tense and is used as a polite imperative or request.

  • Kapıyı açar mısınız?
    Would you open the door please?
    [a polite request.]

  • Buna bakar mısınız?
    Would you look at this please
    [a polite command.]

  • Evet, onu yaparım.
    Yes, I will do the job
    [a willing consent.]


In Turkish would you..? and please.. are not translated.

These meanings are understood within the tense itself.



Turkish Polite Command



  • Bakar mısınız?
    Would you look, please?

  • Bekler misiniz?
    Would you wait, please?
    [ENG: Would you mind waiting...?]


This is the polite way to get attention of a waiter or any person.

It is similar to the Welsh "Look you?" in that it is not rude.



Turkish Polite Request


It is a polite way of asking questions or giving minor orders to strangers.

  • Bir çay rica ederim
    A tea, please
    [Lit: I request a tea.]

  • Pencereyi kapatır mısınız?
    Would you close the window, please?




Turkish Polite Consent


This is a nice way of accepting the responsibility of something.

  • Ben onu yaparım
    I'll do it.




(3)Turkish Untimed Future


The Simple Present is used for future events which are not timed.

  • Saatin altında seni beklerim.
    I'll be waiting under the clock for you.

  • Parkın yanındaki bankayı tabii ki bulursunuz.
    You'll find the bank all right, next to the Park.

  • Yarın ofiste buluşuruz.
    We'll see each other in the office tomorrow.

  • İki gecelik bir oda tutarız
    We will take a room for two nights.




Turkish Simple Tense Positive Formation


For all verbs ending in a vowel the tense sign is -r-

The Personal suffixes are added to the tense sign to complete the verb in number.



















































Sing. Syl. Verbs ending in Vowels
demek to say başlamak to begin
derim I say başlarım I begin
dersin you say başlarsın you begin
der he says başlar he begins
deriz we say başlarız we begin
dersiniz you say başlarsınız you begin
derler they say başlarlar they begin




  • demekto say → der
    Dünya yuvarlaktır derler.
    They say the world is round.

  • yemekto eat → yer
    Her gün ekmek yeriz.
    We eat bread every day.

  • beklemek to wait → bekler
    Her gün köşede beklersiniz, değil mi?
    Every day you wait at the corner, don't you?

  • söylemek to speak → söyler
    Her zaman "hayır'ı" derler.
    They say (the) "No" every time.




Turkish Simple Tense Regular Single Syllable Verb Formation


For verbs of one syllable which end in a consonant the positive tense sign is -ar or -er

There are some exceptions to this general rule.

This tense is the only one which shows some irregularity in its formation.

  • atmakto throw adds tense sign -ar → atar

  • atarım[at-ar-ım]I throw

  • geçmekto pass adds tense sign -er → geçer

  • geçersiniz[geç-er-iniz]you pass




Turkish Single Syllable Verbs





















































Sing. Syl. Verbs ending in Consonants
yapmak to do, make kesmek to cut
yaparım I do keserim I cut
yaparsın you do kesersin you cut
yapar he does keser he cuts
yaparız we do keseriz we cut
yaparsınız you do kesersiniz you cut
yaparlar they do keserler they cut



Turkish Single Syllable Irregular Verbs


There are thirteen irregular single syllable verbs in the Simple Present which do not take the regular tense sign-ar -er.

These 13 verbs add:-ir -ır -ur -ür























































































Single Syllable Verb Exceptions
almak to take alırım I take
bilmek to know bilir he knows
bulmak to find bulur he finds
durmak to stop, halt dururuz we stop
gelmek to come gelirsiniz you come
görmek to see görürler they see
kalmak to stay kalırım I stay
olmak to become olursun you become
ölmek to die ölür it dies
sanmak to suppose sanırız we suppose
vermek to give verirsiniz you give
varmak to arrive varırlar they arrive
vurmak to hit vururum I hit




Twelve of them end their root in -l or -r.

The single exception ( of the exceptions!) is sanırto suppose ending in -n

These 13 exceptions are in daily use and should be committed to memory.



Turkish Multi Syllable Verbs Simple Tense


For verbs consisting of more than one syllable the tense sign is ‑ir ‑ır ‑ür ‑ur.



















































Multi Syl. Verbs ending in Consonants
göndermek to send kazanmak to win
gönderirim I send kazanırım I win
gönderirsin you send kazanırsın you win
gönderir he sends kazanır he wins
göndeririz we send kazanırız we win
gönderirsiniz you send kazanırsınız you win
gönderirler they send kazanırlar they win




  • kazanabilmek
    to be able to win

  • Her hafta Milli Piyango'yu kazanabilirsin.
    You can win the lottery every week.

  • -a tırmanmak
    to climb up

  • Her yıl Nemrut Dağı'na tırmanırız.
    We climb (to) Mount Nemrut every year.

  • götürmek
    to bring

  • Mehmet, yemeğini her gün evden götürür.
    Mehmet, brings his lunch from home every day.

  • beğenmek
    to like, approve

  • Türk kahvesini beğenirler.
    They like Turkish coffee.




The Five Verb Root Change Exceptions


There are five verb stems soften their final -t to -d when adding a vowel suffix.







































The 5 Verb Stems which Mutate
gitmek to go gider he goes
etmek to do ederim I do
tatmak to taste of tadarlar they taste of
ditmek to shred didersin you shred
gütmek to nourish güderim I nourish



Turkish Simple Tense Positive Interrogative


The interrogative is formed by adding the personalized question particles after the simple tense verb stem ending in -r.

They are written separately, but follow vowel harmony rules.











































Simple Tense Interrogative
bakmak to look bakar mıyım? do I look?
kalmak to stay kalır mısın? do you stay?
bitirmek to finish bitirir mi? does he finish?
yazmak to write yazar mıyız? do we write?
koşmak to run koşar mısınız? do you run?
yürümek to walk yürürler mi? do they walk?



Turkish Translation of use to..


The Simple Past gives the meaning of "habitual in the past".

This translated by used to ... in English.

Turkish uses Simple Tense with the past tense personal endings.

  • Sık sık buraya gelirdim.
    I used to come here very often.

  • Gençken çok gülerdin.
    You used to laugh a lot when/while you were young.

  • Kuşadada (Kuşadasında) kalırken her zaman denizde yüzerdi.
    He always used to swim in the sea when staying at Kuşadası.

  • Dersler bittikten sonra uzun zaman/süre beni beklerdin.
    You always used to wait for me a long time after school finished.

  • Tatilde kamp yaparken daima iyi uyurlardı.
    They always used to sleep very well while on holiday while camping.




Turkish Proverbs Atasözler


Turkish Proverbs are usually written in the Wide Tense habitual / timeless tense.

These translations are not literal showing the difficulty of such interpretation from Turkish to English.

  • Acele işe, şeytan karışır.
    If you hurry, the devil intervenes.

  • Çabuk parlayan çabuk söner.
    A flash is quickly extinguished.

  • Damlaya damlaya göl olur.
    Lakes form drop by drop.

  • Fakirlik ayıp değil tembellik ayıp.
    Poverty is no shame but idleness is.

  • İyilik eden iyilik bulur.
    Those who do good find goodness themselves.

  • Ne ekersen onu biçersin.
    You reap what you sow.

  • Önce düşün sonra söyle.
    Think first, speak later.

  • Sağlam kafa sağlam vücutta bulunur.
    A healthy mind is found in a healthy body.

  • Tok iken yemek yiyen, mezarını kendi kazar.
    Those who eat when they are full dig their own grave.



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