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What does olduğunu mean?
1.       sweetalmond
23 posts
 05 Jul 2014 Sat 06:56 pm

Can someone please explain what olduğunu or olduğu means and what context it should be used?  Thank you in advance! 

2.       GulBahar
224 posts
 06 Jul 2014 Sun 12:56 am

I think you may find the answer here


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3.       sweetalmond
23 posts
 06 Jul 2014 Sun 05:19 am



Thank you Gulbahar I was searching for the term on Turkish Class but couldn´t seem to find it.

I just want to explain my understanding and see if I am right:

So now I understand that its part of the olmak verb.

duk is a suffix that is used to describe the past

the first u is possesive suffix is that correct?

the second u is for un as in ´yours ´. Am I right?



So far I understand that -duğunu  refers to ones being something or having done some thing.  I searched twitter and came up with these translations for the following tweets:

Please let me know if my understanding is correct:

Beynin hangi lobunun güçlü olduğunu ölçmek için sağa ya da sola dönen balerin testinde "bu balerin dönmüyor ki?" diyen adam tanıdım.

This was too difficult for me to understand. Are they saying which of the brains lobes is stronger in ballerinas? I am not sure but I am guessing in this case olduğunu means ´that´.

Şu an yanımda olmanı çok isterdim. Ama değilsin. Sen oradasın. Ve orası ne kadar şanslı olduğunu bilmiyor.

And he does not know how lucky that he is.


"Nasılsın ? dedi./Baktım yüzüne , birşey diyemedim / ´Bir omuza ihtiyacın olduğunu duydum ´Dedi gülerek. / ´Evet hem de çok ´

I heard that you needed a shoulder.


Size sistemin çok kazançlı olduğunu anlatacağız. "Maga Holding"e katılmak istemeyenlerin ne kadar saftirik insanlar olduğunu söyleyeceğiz


We will tell you the that the system is very profitable. 

People will say ´what a loser´, to those that do not have shares in Maga Holdings.


So olduğunu means that plus a pronoun i.e. that you or those that.


Do I have a correct understanding?

Thanks to everyone for all their help. This website is such a valuable resource for students of Turkish!

Edited (7/6/2014) by sweetalmond
Edited (7/6/2014) by sweetalmond
Edited (7/6/2014) by sweetalmond

4.       GulBahar
224 posts
 06 Jul 2014 Sun 04:04 pm

I´m really sorry the link I sent is wrong explanation for your case, but you may check the other cases of -dik that are posted by mehmet111 especially the first, third, forth cases. 

Edited (7/6/2014) by GulBahar

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5.       denizli
961 posts
 06 Jul 2014 Sun 04:17 pm

I think the second u is accusative, that is, to mark the word as an object.

It doesn´t mean ´that´, more like it is, it is becoming, you are, you are becoming. Literally related to ´being´.

Edited (7/6/2014) by denizli
Edited (7/6/2014) by denizli

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6.       gokuyum
5050 posts
 06 Jul 2014 Sun 10:06 pm

A simple example:


Deli olduğunu biliyorum. I know that you are crazy.


deli : crazy

ol(mak): to be

duk: adjective verb

-un : possesive

-u: accusative


Literally it means "I know your being crazy"

Edited (7/6/2014) by gokuyum
Edited (7/7/2014) by gokuyum

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7.       sweetalmond
23 posts
 07 Jul 2014 Mon 12:30 am

thank you everyone. I think I kind of understand it now. I need to read up more on the role of  the ´u´ suffixes. 



8.       denizli
961 posts
 07 Jul 2014 Mon 05:24 am

The adding of the u (or could be ü, ı or i) is like in English turning I, he, she or they into me, him, her or them. But with ´you´ or ´it´, there is no equivalent in English.

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9.       sweetalmond
23 posts
 07 Jul 2014 Mon 04:02 pm

Ah I understand. I try not to think about why and just follow the rules otherwise I would get too confused lol. Thanks for your help

10.       ottomans33
2 posts
 07 Jul 2014 Mon 04:38 pm

actually  "olduğunu"  be´s past tense. 

for example , I knew you were mad. knew and were married = olduğunu   , it is turkish special word. "olduğunu"s  stem is "olmak".... olmak = be

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