"The child drinks water."

Translation:Đứa trẻ uống nước.

April 23, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aechlys

May I ask why "Người đứa con/trẻ" can't be used in this example?

April 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

It's the same way you can't use "the a boy." So either người or đứa, not both.

April 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aechlys

So is 'đứa' also some sort of classifier? I thought the entire phrase behaved like 'phụ nữ' where adding người before it changed it from 'a woman' to 'the woman' (viz. Basics 1/Lesson 1).

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

Is "đứa" a classifier? This is an excellent question. I would say so, but đứa can only be used for children, or young people that are yet mature. Đứa is more of a description of those who don't just walk, but skip and bounce around for fun.

The elderly and people in high places do use it to prefer to younger people and people at lower positions, hence your parents can always prefer to you as đứa at any age.

Here are few terms where you can use it: đứa nhỏ (small kid), đứa bé (little kid), đứa con (a child/an offspring), nhiều đứa (many kids), mấy đứa (those kids, several kids).

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samsheehy10

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March 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thaolu2

You can say : "đứa bé" or "đứa trẻ". "Đứa con" but not use "Người"

July 26, 2017

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January 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TuyenDoann

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August 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChronioAla

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August 2, 2017
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