"I do not know what I want to do now."
Translation:Tôi không biết tôi muốn làm gì bây giờ.
Really having trouble understanding the difference between bây giờ and hiện tại
Why can't you use "hiện tại" here?
When you try to use 'hiện tại", why does it then say that 'làm việc' is part of the answer instead of just 'làm'? The English is 'do', not 'work'.
It is ok to put the phrase in the front but I recommend sticking to the original sentence's structure.
Why does the correct translation have gì after tôi muốn làm? The literal word for word translation would be "I do not know I want to what do now".
Not sure if this helps, but "làm gì" pretty much translates to "do (something)". You, the speaker, are bored and you wanna do "something". It's not a direct translation but the context is the same. The word "làm" can mean "do/make", but has different contexts depending on what other words complement it. Đi làm = go to work, làm viềc = to work (labour or a job), làm đo ăn = make food, etc. "Bạn đang làm gì?" = "What are you doing/making?". As in, what thing (gì) are you doing/making? So if you're being generic with what you are doing, it has to have that gì. That's just how Vietnamese structures its sentences. I hope that gives some clarity? Perhaps a native speaker has better take on exactly why?
Because the meaning is slightly different:
Now, I don't know what to do.
I don't know what to do now.
This is one of the most frustrating exercises I've ever had!!! Everything I try which sounds reasonable is rejected:
A. tôi không biết gì tôi muốn làm bây giờ -- Google says is right, Duolingo says wrong
B. tôi không biết gì tôi muốn làm hiện tại --- Google says is right, Duolingo says is wrong
C. Hiện tại tôi không biết tôi muốn làm gì -- Google says is right, Duolingo says is wrong.
I realize google is not always right, but I will run this by my native Vietnamese speaker friends. But I've already used 'bây giờ' speaking with them, and in most cases they tell me that I said it right. In these Duolingo exercises I try not to robotically give the same memorized answers, to keep my vocabulary fresh, I try to construct the sentences different ways and use different vocabulary. To me it's better to devise different constructions to actually learn the language, and it's very frustrating when only one construction is accepted as 'correct'.