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Nadine in disguise
Zaman = time
I think it is about time I write something again, don't know what I have been doing with my time lately anyway (!)

So zaman means time as in

- ne zaman : when
ne zaman geliyorsun (when are you coming ?)
ps : to ask the time you use " saat kaç ?" what time is it ?

- her zaman : always
her zaman bir bira istiyorum (I always want a beer)

- zamanında : on (the right ) time
tam zamanında vardım (I arrived just on time, tam means : just (on the dot))

- boş zaman : spare time
boş means empty (boş oda var means there are rooms available ), but can also be used with zaman

- gelecek zaman : future tense
zaman is also used to express tenses (like past tense, future tense etc....)

- as zaman is a noun , it can get personal endings, like :
az zamanım var = I have little time
çok zamanın var = you have a lot of time
çok zamanı var : he has time
etc.....

there is another word, that means the same as zaman
that is vakit , and is more used in expressions like :
vakit geçirmek : to pass the time,
like in : I had a good time
iyi bir vakit geçirdim (geçirmek means : to pass )
(so you don't say : iyi bir zamanım vardı )

now something for advanced :

zaman or vakit are both nouns and can therefore be used in compounds like :
- gitme vakti geldi = it is time to go
- senin için uyuma vaktı geldi = it is time for you to sleep
- yemek yeme vakti geldi : it is time to eat
- yemek yeme zamanı geldi : it is time to eat
gitme, uyuma and yeme are the short infinitiv,
and are nouns (no longer verbs)
vakiti changes into vakti (vakiti is not right !)
vakitim changes into vaktim
(it is the same rule as şehir that becomes şehri)

oh why is it, I always start with two sentences and end with a full page ?

I hope there was something in here for everybody
 

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