How to say very Strengthened Adjectives In Turkish

Strengthened Adjectives In Turkish (How to say very…)

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In this lesson you’ll learn a few ways to make adjectives, adverbs… more strengthened. For example “how to say very clean, very dark, very red…” We make strengthened adjectives in Turkish for making the explanation more powerful.

How to say very……. In Turkish


1. Way: by saying two time

Let’s start with the simplest. This both strengthens the meaning and emphasizes the word spoken twice. We say adjectives 2 times to emphasize adjectives in Turkish. In this way we’re making the meaning stronger. For example “kırmızı” which means “red”. To say “very red, too red” you can say “kırmızı kırmızı”.

ışıl ışıl: so brilliant

pırıl pırıl: so brilliant, very clear

yavaş yavaş: slowly, very slow

mışıl mışıl: (sleep) well

kara kara: so black

koca koca: so big

al al: very red

uzun uzun: very tall

kısa kısa: so short

adım adım: slowly, step by step


2. Way:  “mı, mi, mu, mü” between  words

Again we say adjectives 2 times to making the meaning stronger. But we put a question suffix between two words. Remember the question suffix: mı, mi, mu, mü. We decide according to vowel harmony to which one to use. If the last vowel of the word come before question suffix is “a or ı” we use “mı” suffix. If the last vowel of the word come before question suffix is “e or i” we use “mi”. If the last vowel of the word come before question suffix is “o or u” we use “mu”. If the last vowel of the word come before question suffix is “ö or ü” we use “mü”. Now let’s use this structure in sample sentences.

güzel mi güzel: very beautiful

sıcak mı sıcak: very hot

kırmızı mı kırmızı: very red

geniş mi geniş: very large

büyük mü büyük: very big

uzun mu uzun: very long

hoş mu hoş: very nice

tuzlu mu tuzlu: very salty, very expensive

karanlık mı karanlık:  very dark

nefis mi nefis: so yummy

yakışıklı mı yakışıklı: so handsome


3. Way: First syllable + r, p, s, m + word

It is the most useful, the easiest to say while speaking, so this is the most common method to emphasize adjectives in turkish. But I wanted to mention it last, since this is the method that you will have the most difficulty in learning. Because unfortunately there is no exact rule you can follow about it. Just by hearing, your ear and tongue will get used to and learn. The rule is: we copy the first syllable of the word (the part up to the first vowel) and paste it at the beginning of the word. So we repeat the first syllable 2 times. When combining 2 syllables, we put one of the letters “r, p, s, m” between them.

Eg. beyaz (white). First syllable is (the part up to the first vowel) “be”. We’ll repeat first syllable at the beginning. Bebeyaz. And at last we will put a letter (b, p, s, m) between them. “Be + m + beyaz =bembeyaz (so white, very white). Here there is no clear rule about which letter to use between adjactive and first syllable. But I’ll give you a little tip that you can’t find everywhere.


If the word starts with a vowel, “p” is used. Example: the word “açık” (means open or clear to understand) begins with the letter “a”. “a” is a vowel. Then we’ll use “p” to strength: a + p + açık = apaçık (very clear). Another example: “ıslak” (means wet) This word begins with “ı”, that is, a vowel. I will also use “p” here. ı + p + ıslak =ıpıslak (very wet). In this case I mentioned you can use “p”. But don’t forget!! in other cases, “p” or “m, s, r” may be used and we don’t know a rule for in other cases.

Be + m + beyaz: very white

Si + m + siyah: very black

Ka + p + kara: very black

Ko + p + koyu: very dark

Ma + s + mavi: very blue

Kı + p + kırmızı: very red

Ye + m + yeşil: very green

Sa + p + sarı: very yellow

Tu + p + turuncu: very orange

Mo + s + mor: very purple

Pe + s + pembe: very pink

Ka + s + katı: very solid, very strict

Bü + s + büyük: very big

Ko + s + koca: very big

Te + r + temiz: very clean

Ku + p + kuru: very dry


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