"A pair of dark blue trousers"
Translation:Một cái quần màu xanh da trời đậm
Would it be ok to use the đôi classifier (for a 'pair'), or perhaps is it more that vietnamese don't refer to trousers that way?
Oh wait, I just asked my wife and she said it was for the latter reason. She said another example of this in english was "a pair of glasses", and again, in vietnamese, you wouldn't say 'pair' for glasses either.
Quần tây = suit pants [lit., western pants] Quần kaki = khaki pants Quần jean = Jeans
Màu xanh da tròi (sorry no accent) to me means sky blue. How can you have dark sky blue?
My guess is that "màu xanh" can mean either green or blue. If you said "màu xanh đậm", I could ask "màu xanh nào?". Which dark "xanh" are you referring to, green or blue? Then you would have to make the distinction with green "xanh" or blue "xanh". Yeah, in English, sky blue is a type of light blue so "dark sky blue" sounds totally weird. However, in Vietnamese, it's "màu xanh lá cây" for "green (like the leaf)" and "màu xanh da trời" for "blue (like the sky)". In short, this sentence is just referring to the colour "dark blue" and not green.
When I think of dark blue, I think of blue like the ocean, which I know is a thing in Vietnamese. It's also okay to just say dark sky blue though?
Sky blue is a kind of light blue. If someone were to say dark sky blue, then they're being really, really specific on which shade of blue they're talking about. Still sounds a little weird though!
The English wording "sky blue" may be confusing you with the color definition "sky blue" (as defined by companies like Crayola). The Vietnamese sentence literally says "color green skin [like the] sky". Xanh is a color covering both blue and green so you have to describe the color. Is it "like the sky" (blue) or "like tree leaves" (green). Đậm means dark so the color is dark blue.
If they want us to translate "a PAIR of trousers" why isn't "đôi" required?
It's because the Vietnamese don't see trousers or pants as a pair. In English, it's a pair. I hope that helps!