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"When is the beginning of time?"

Translation:Sự bắt đầu của thời gian là khi nào?

January 12, 2017


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What is "khởi đầu"? Is this the same exact thing as "bắt đầu"?

January 12, 2017


It also means "beginning, commencement, initiation, start" (with sự attached before it), otherwise it's a verb..

January 12, 2017


Never bump into that before throughout the lessons.

April 11, 2017


Is one used more in the north/South? If so, which one is used where?

April 26, 2017


No, this is universal, though khởi đầu sounds more formal and poetic so you'd expect it in a sentence like:

Sự khởi đầu của một hành trình vĩ đại = The beginning of a great journey.

Tôi sẽ sớm bắt đầu ... = I will begin ... soon.

You're much more likely to hear sự khởi đầu than sự bắt đầu.

May 3, 2017



May 3, 2017


Why is a term introduced for the very first time in the context of translating from Vietnamese into English? We can't be expected to know without prior teaching what a word means.

April 14, 2017


It's the Duolingo Vietnamese course way. It's akin to giving a sixteen year old the keys to the family car, and having he/she learn how to drive by crashing it everywhere. Not ideal.

September 17, 2019


Can I say: khi nao la bat dau cua thoi gian?

December 18, 2018


Why is 'khi nào là bắt đầu thời gian?' wrong?

October 20, 2018


"Bắt đầu" in the beginning of a sentence will automatically be a Noun. But if its in the middle of sentence like that, without "Sự", it will be a verb. So it is grammatically wrong.

September 16, 2019


So if I change that to:

"Khi nào là sự bắt đầu thời gian"

Does that make it acceptable?

September 17, 2019


Yes its acceptable.

September 20, 2019


Just tried it...DL still marked it wrong. Or I should say, it marked:

Khi nào là sự bắt đầu của thời gian'


EDIT: Just tried

"Khi nào là sự bắt đầu thời gian" as you suggested, and it's marked wrong. So this needs fixed.

September 21, 2019


I'm curious about this as well.

April 16, 2019


Correct multiple choice: "Sự khởi đầu của thời gian là khi nào?" I am thankful for "sentence discussions" to find out what is going on from fellow participants.

Is this some kind of Duolingo "hidden teaching method"?

June 22, 2018
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