The verbs ‘to join’, ‘to attend’, ‘to participate in’, ‘to agree with’ and ‘to support’ can all be expressed in Turkish by ‘katılmak’.
This is the another post in our category ‘In English, how to express …?’ where we discuss language concepts that our Turkish students often struggle with in English. Today, katılmak.
In the following sentences, Turkish speakers can use ‘katılmak’ to express the following actions:
- Last week he attended the conference in Ankara.
- I’ll join the lesson this evening.
- She participated in the managers’ meeting this morning.
- I agree with your position on the subject.
- I support your view on this subject.
First, to attend: to go to an event or a place:
- Would everyone who wishes to attend the dinner let me know by Friday afternoon?
- All pupils are expected to attend school assembly.
- I don’t think there’s any need for all of us to attend the meeting.
Secondly, to join: to get involved in an activity or journey with another person or group:
- He joined the tour to Central Anatolia.
- Would you like to join us for dinner tonight?
- You must join the queue to buy tickets for the movie.
Thirdly, to participate in: to take part in or become involved in an activity:
- We encourage members to participate in the meetings.
- I don’t like to participate in team sports.
- Many countries participate in the Olympic Games.
Lastly, ‘to agree with’ or ‘to support’: to have the same opinion, or to accept a suggestion or idea:
- I agree with your idea.
- I support the government’s decision not to cut down the trees.
- I support her position on the death penalty.
Now your turn. Practice using these verbs:
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Choose the best possible answer for each sentence:
Question: It was already 8pm. Murat was tired and did not want to attend/participate in/support the meeting. All he wanted to do was leave the office and return home.
Answer: Murat did not want to attend the meeting. (He did not want to go to the event)
1. ‘That’s a terrible idea. There’s no way that anyone else is going to attend/agree with/join what you think.’
2. Although Gökçe joined the meeting on time, she really did not want to support/to participate/to agree with it and she stayed silent during the entire meeting.
3. ‘Uğur and Nil are getting married next week. Even though they are not close friends, we are planning to attend/to join/to agree with the ceremony.
4. ‘Uğur and Nil are getting married next week. Uğur is my best friend and so he asked to me to attend/to participate in/to support the wedding ceremony. I will read a speech.
5. ‘OK… we are going to cinema at 6pm tonight to see the new zombie movie. Do you want to support/to join/to participate in us?
6. Canberk failed his final science exam and now he must agree with/support/attend summer school.
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