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Possessive + object
1.       denizli
961 posts
 19 May 2014 Mon 04:12 pm

I wanted to double-check this Possessive + object

 

Is this correct for "I know his friend."?

Onun arkadaşını biliyorum.

Could "arkadaşını biliyorum" on it´s own also be "I know your friend."?

 

2.       tomac
975 posts
 19 May 2014 Mon 10:46 pm

 

Quoting denizli

I wanted to double-check this Possessive + object

 

Is this correct for "I know his friend."?

Onun arkadaşını biliyorum.

Could "arkadaşını biliyorum" on it´s own also be "I know your friend."?

 

 

Yes, "arkadaşını biliyorum" can mean both "I know your friend" and "I know his/her friend".

The attached prefixes in both cases are different, but end result is the same:

1. I know your friend: arkadaşın-ı (your + accusative) biliyorum

2. I know his/her friend: arkadaşı-nı (his/her + accusative with buffer letter "n") biliyorum.


As far as I know, you can use words like "senin" and "onun" to disambiguate this sentence:

1. I know your friend: Senin arkadaşını biliyorum.

2. I know his/her friend: Onun arkadaşını biliyorum.


Unfortunately, I don´t know which option is more often used in colloquial speech: using "senin/onun" or not using it and relying on context. Perhaps native speakers or more advanced learners can advice here.



Edited (5/19/2014) by tomac

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