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"My parents punish me because I do not work."

Translation:Bố mẹ tôi trừng phạt tôi vì tôi không làm việc.

November 27, 2016



ba má, ba mẹ, cha má, cha mẹ, bố mẹ should all be acceptable answers. má is another way of saying mom


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I think it's a collocation error on my part. I wrote: Mẹ bố tôi trừng phạt tôi vì tôi không làm việc. But can parents only be bố mẹ?


It seems like the male word always goes first: "bố mẹ", "anh em", "chồng vợ", etc.


"vợ chồng" goes the other way around.


In an earlier lesson's notes it talked about replacing the repetitive use of tôi/anh ấy/cô ấy etc.. in the one sentence with minh. So with that in mind would not "Bố mẹ tôi trừng phạt minh vì tôi không làm việc." also be correct? I realise that not every possible correct answer is preloaded into the databank of possible answers so am unsure if it is just plain incorrect or if this was just not preloaded as an acceptable answer.


I think in that case Minh may be mistaken for 'bố mẹ' and not 'tôi' i.e. Mum and Dad punish themselves because I do not work. I think you can only use 'minh' when there is only one pronoun in the sentence so there is no such confusion.


Bố mẹ tôi phạt tôi vì tôi không làm việc. "trừng phạt' this word when you said that,everyone will feel it's so heavy and so serious,t think it's more suitable when you use it in law

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