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"Bảy mươi mốt con mèo"

Translation:Seventy-one cats

January 24, 2017



What's the difference between "một" and "mốt"? And when to use "mốt"?


mốt is used when one is at the end of a number, like "hai mươi mốt" (21), "ba mươi mốt" (31), ..., "chín mươi mốt" (91).

note (1): eleven is "mười một" not mốt. you will also use một when you say "một trăm lẻ một" (101), "một ngàn lẻ một" (1001), "một triệu lẻ một" (1 000 001), etc. with lẻ signifying the zero(es) before it.

note (2): mốt can also mean .1. what I mean by that is "một trăm mốt" (1.1 trăm = 110), "một ngàn mốt" (1.1 ngàn = 1100), "một triệu mốt" (1.1 triệu = 1 100 000), etc.


This is a very clear explanation. Thank you


oh god this is more complicated than I expected! It's hard to listen for the lẻ before the một because Vietnamese speak so fast! And then the difference in hearing between một and mốt since people seem to use those pronunciations interchangeably anyway....


actually, "một" and "mốt" cannot be used interchangeably, it's either one or the other.


this was more of a comment on how vietnamese people I have spoken to in real life speak, that it's hard to tell the difference or sometimes I think they even use the other :)


Mốt is used for 21 and higher numbers (i.e. 31, 41, 51...). 1 and 11 use một.


Mốt is used for numbers greater than twenty. Một (1) Mười một (11) Hai mươi mốt (21)


Mươi sounds like 'mee'


Where would you find that many cats?


similarly, when to use mươi or mười?


is it numbers higher than 20 use mươi?



  • mười (10), mười một (11), mười hai (12), etc.
  • hai mươi (20), hai mươi mốt (21), hai mươi hai (22), etc.
  • ba mươi (30), bốn mươi (40), etc.
  • mười ngàn (10 000), hai mươi ngàn (20 000), etc.


Is this really a natural pronunciation of mươi? I heard mêí at best, and while I get thats not a word, i feel like I'd be chastized for pronouncing it in that way. If not, is it just the context that makes a m--i sound all thats needed?


Good number of cats imo.

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