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26th-Sep-2009 11:33 am
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I've just started learning Turkish on livemocha. And I already have a problem. The on-line course gives me such phrases:

(+) Ben bir kadınım.
(-) Ben erkek değilim. Ben kadınım.

Why don't we use "bir" in negative? Like this: "Ben bir erkek değilim. Ben bir kadınım."
I don't understand this %)
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26th-Sep-2009 09:00 am (UTC)
I think it's just a matter of emphasis. And as a native speaker saying Ben bir erkek değilim. Ben bir kadınım., sounds a bit weird to me.

Edited at 2009-09-26 09:01 am (UTC)
26th-Sep-2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Ok ) So I can skip "bir" even in affirmative sentences? Like "Ben kadınım"? Or in affirmative I should better use it in speech?
26th-Sep-2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Bir can be skipped, since it just means "one"/"a". Therefore you could also say "Ben bir erkek degilim. Ben bir kadinim", it doesn't change the meaning/negation.

26th-Sep-2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you ))
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