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"Các bạn thể yên lặng được không?"

Translation:Can you be quiet?

June 9, 2016



I said "can you all..." and was told the correct answer was "can you please be quiet" -- where the heck did "please" come from??


To me, the sentence structure "(Subject) có thể... được không?" has a sense of politeness. To me, it means "Can (subject) please...?". However, I understand it can be frustrating for a word to seemingly appear out of nowhere. An alternative answer is "Can (subject)...?" but it kinda does lose that cordial touch. The good news is, we can all learn from this exercise =) I hope that helps!


I thought the same about the sentence structure, and therefore used the modal verb "could" instead of "can". It was marked incorrect, but should have been accepted. Although the word "could" is a past tense version of the word "can", it is also often used to replace the word "can" as a more polite way of making a request. Therefore, due to the structure of the Vietnamese sentence, and from what you have said about politeness, I actually think the word "could" is a better choice than the word "can", in this instance.


In this case, you could also use would to be even more polite.


where si the difference with "yên tĩnh"?


It's the same. But "yên tĩnh" is used to describe the space, surrounding environment, abstract concept...etc. It should not be used with a characteristic (as in "I am a quiet person")


Yep, I agree with BrainyPirate. Where did "please" emerge from?


Since this is a request, would it make more sense to use "im lặng"


I think "im lặng" or "lặng im" can replace yên lặng, in the song "Đừng hỏi em" :
Đừng trách em vì sao
Lặng im trong nỗi sầu


i said are you able to be quiet, which should be correct, and it told me it should be can you please be quiet. WHAT?!? We have never had, up to this time, a please inserted in English that wasn't there in VN!!!


It's "được" that means "please" here. What else can it mean?


This is my mind when everyone is being so loud


Can y'all be quiet? Or Can you all be quiet. After all the subject is plural.

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