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kitap aldım
1.       sufler
358 posts
 14 Dec 2013 Sat 11:52 pm

Merhaba.

If I say Kitap aldım - with no "bir" used - does it necessarily mean that I have bought a book or can it only make for "I went shopping for books" (but perhaps I haven´t bought anything)?

2.       tunci
7149 posts
 15 Dec 2013 Sun 01:30 am

 

Quoting sufler

Merhaba.

If I say Kitap aldım - with no "bir" used - does it necessarily mean that I have bought a book or can it only make for "I went shopping for books" (but perhaps I haven´t bought anything)?

 

"Kitap aldım"  is --->  I bought  a book or  books

The question is --> Ne aldın ? 

Not necessarily the person has gone just for book shopping. He may have gone for general shopping, but just bought books. 

Or, he is listing what things he bought while he was out , such as ;

 

Ayakkabı,cep telefonu ve kitap aldım--> I bought shoes,a mobile phone and a book [books]

 

 

 

 

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3.       Abla
3647 posts
 15 Dec 2013 Sun 09:13 am

There is a special characteristic for Turkish nouns, transnumeral category or numerus indefinitus. kitap okumak may mean one book or many, and if you use plural marking here it has an individualizing function.

 

It is a good lesson for those who against all odds believe in the compatibility of grammatical categories in different languages.

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