"I want a pair of socks, a pair of boots and a scarf."
Translation:Tôi muốn một đôi tất, một đôi ủng và một cái khăn quàng.
Tôi muốn áo quần, đôi ủng và xe máy của bạn.
If you recognize the quote, try to translate another one from the same movie! ;)
I think this sentence is one of the first very long phrases I've learned in Vietnamese!
this is BS...completely inconsistent in when to add classifiers and when to use mot
note that "một" is not the equivalent of the English indefinite article a/an. while English requires an article before a singular countable noun, VNmese doesn't. we use "một" when we need to specify there is one item of the designated subject. otherwise it just means that the number is not worth a mention.
- tôi là bác sĩ: I'm a doctor
- tôi là một người bác sĩ: I'm a doctor
- tôi ăn táo: I eat apples/an apple (it's a general statement. the speaker doesn't bother telling how many apples they eat, the only information that is important is what they eat)
- tôi ăn một trái táo: I'm eating one/an apple. (one apple - no more, no less)
- tôi thích đọc sách: I like to read books/a book (it's again a general statement)
- tôi thích đọc một quyển sách: I like to read one book (this sounds like the speaker wants to specify one particular book they like to read without mentioning which one)
bother to explain further? what exactly was inconsistent and/or needs explanation? I know the VNmese course is far from being flawless but, sometimes the creators are correct (even when they don't give much explanation)....
I think bob was confused about why cai is only used for the scarf, and I am too. But I think it is because usually only headwear requires the classifier cai
you usually need a classifier between the quantifier and the head noun that helps you count an item. however, when you already have a measure word, you don't need a classifier anymore. here's some examples of measure words.
- một ly rượu: a glass of wine
- một muỗng đường: one spoon of sugar
- một kí thịt bò: one kilogram of beef
- một lít nước: one litre of water
- một đôi dép: a pair of slippers
- một cặp uyên ương: a pair of lovebirds/a sweet couple
so back to our sentence, "khăn quàng" needs the general classifier "cái" while "tất" and "ủng", both preceded by the measure word "đôi", don't.
Would you be able to leave out the "a" in "mot doi tat" and "mot doi ung" and "mot cai khan quang?"