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"Đây một con hay một cái ca?"

Translation:Is this a fish or a mug?

April 22, 2016



If your fish looks like a mug dont eat it!


Does "hay" indicate that it must be a question, like "还是" in Chinese?

If not, how would you know this is a question in speech? I can't imagine intonation would be very helpful in a language where changing the tone changes the meaning of words!


"Hay" here means "or". And you usually understand if it is a question by the context (or by special constructions that help to make questions). But I think here it is used like that just to mess you up and pay attention that a syllable with a different tone is already a different word. Ca and cá even have different classifier (which are cái and con)


well uprising the voice by the end could make a difference between a declarative and an interrogative sentences. however "hay" here is by itself giving two alternatives and implicitly asking which one is the right option. anyhow the context is the best way to fully understand what the speaker meant.


The homophones, different meanings : Hay. Hay (adj) : good, interesting ; hay # hoặc (adv) : or. Hay tin (v) : to hear of.


Why are there 2 "là" nit only 1 "Is"?


is "is this a fish or is it a mug" acceptable?


I also want to know why lá is used twice. Alternately why not a second "Day la"


Vietnamese with accents at "vowels" make a semantic difference. La : La : to shout, mule, A major ; lá : leaf ; là : tobe, to iron ; lả lướt : listless ; lạ : strange ; lã chã : flow down.


Again, a useless sentence. Those who can read can tell a fish apart from a mug, I hope. -_-


I found this very useful. I had problems identifying mugs and fish at the market. This helped very much.


How would you differentiate “cá“ and “ca“ by ear if the speaker raises his voice?


I reallt like the consistency of words being taught together.


The translation response isn't right


why is it mug and not cup?


A cup is a "ly" and is usually made of glass or plastic as opposed to a mug, which is usually ceramic.

I can say that we use "ly" for pretty much every cup or mug in my house, lol


Shouldn't questions end with 'không'?


no, only yes/no questions do. "[...] không" literally means "[...] or not".


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