Turkish Prepositions To and From

Learn how to use the prepositions to and from in Turkish

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Prepositions to and from in Turkish

The meaning of the prepositions “to, into” in English is conveyed through the suffix –e or –a in Turkish. An E-dotted vowel (one of e,i,ö,ü) in a word’s last (or the only) syllable gets –e, an A-undotted vowel (one of a,ı,o,u) gets –a.

eve to the house

okula to school

İstanbul’a to Istanbul

arkadaşıma to my friend

If the word ends in a vowel, y is included between the word and the suffix.

arabaya to the car

hastāneye to the hospital

Fransa’ya to France

The meaning of the preposition “from” in English is conveyed through the suffix –den or –dan, while the construction remains the same.

evden from the house

üniversiteden from the university

kütüphāneden from the library

Note that there are also –ten and –tan, used if the last letter of the word is a hard consonant (one of these letters: f, s, t, k, ç, ş, h, p).

Teksas’tan from Texas

Mehmet’ten from Mehmet

kitaptan from the book



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