You may some auxiliary verb in Turkish that is compromised of two words, a noun and a verb. Sometimes these verbs are only a single verb in English when translated, so be careful.

 

The primary auxiliary verbs in Turkish are:

  • Etmek (to do/to make/to perform)
  • Olmak (to be/to become/to happen/to occur)

 

Let’s first look at some verbs that we can form with the verb “etmek”:

Auxiliary Verb

teşekkür etmekTo thankarzu etmekTo desire
ısrar etmekTo insistkaybetmekTo lose
farketmekTo noticemerak etmekTo wonder
halletmekTo solve (an issue)seyretmekTo watch
belli etmekTo revealzannetmekTo suppose

 

You might have noticed that some we can also form some verbs from single words. There are so many words we can make with the auxiliary “etmek”. Simply open your Turkish dictionary and you’ll see.

 

The other auxiliary verb used in combination with a noun is the verb “olmak”:

Auxiliary Verb

Hakim olmakTo prevail (something)Pişman olmakTo regret
Sahip olmakTo ownVar olmakTo exist
Mecbur olmakTo be obliged toSebep olmakTo cause
Belli olmakTo be understoodMezun olmakTo graduate
Yok olmakTo disappearNeden olmakTo lead (to something)

 

There are many other auxiliary verbs that you may see in this course:

Auxiliary Verb

Yanlış yapmakTo misdoGebe kalmakTo conceive
Bol gelmekTo be loose-fittingRicada bulunmakTo request
Denk gelmekTo run into (someone)Hazır bulunmakTo attend/to assist
Geç kalmakTo get lateKabul eylemek/etmekTo accept

 

 

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