"Một cái xe đạp"

Translation:A bike

April 30, 2016



My dad told me that it should be "một chiếc xe đạp". He's from the South if that helps. Wiktionary says "As a classifier, chiếc is usually considered as a formal, or even literary, counterpart to cái. It is mostly used colloquially when indicating some types of vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc."

May 22, 2016


<Chiếc> can be more formal and more suitable for "xe đạp". However, Duolingo team has decided to use <cái> as the only classifier for almost all household items (at the very beginning levels at least).

June 6, 2016


(A kind of stupid question here) What kind of classifier is "cái"? :D

May 2, 2016


Generic classifier, applies to nearly everything. I think one of the conditions is "tangible lifeless entity".

September 21, 2016


Thanks! :D

September 23, 2016


It was surprisingly tricky to explain we wanted to rent a bicycle when we were in Da Nang. Next time I'll know how to say it in Vietnamese!

May 3, 2016


Is cái a noun classifier? From what I remember on a different site, the appropriate pronoun was chiec. Can anyone clarify?

April 30, 2016


Both work here. I like chiếc more. I cannot explain why but chiếc often uses for things you like, things you would treat it with a bit of care, and there are only a few things you can use chiếc with.

April 30, 2016


đúng rồi yeahs

June 9, 2016


I wonder why correct answer is "bike", and NOT "bicycle"...

September 4, 2016


American English, I guess? Did you try typing "bicycle"? How was the result?

September 5, 2016


Bicycle works just fine. "Bike" is listed as alternate answer. Probably user's own native language setting?

September 21, 2016


Why is there not a slow version of this phrase?

June 21, 2019


When I typed in the answer as bicycle they said it was wrong. But bicycle is the same thing as a bike. So I shouldn't be marked wrong.

July 24, 2019


Strange! Please report next time you face the same question again.

August 7, 2019
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