"They threaten us with a knife."

Translation:Họ đe doạ chúng tôi bằng một con dao.

May 21, 2017

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Artikyulet

"con dao"? Not "cái dao"? Why the heck would knife be in an animate noun class?

May 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huy_Ngo

Both are correct. I would call this an exception. Don't be surprised - Vietnamese is full of exceptions like this.

May 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TehVanarch

Irregularities occur in most languages. Outside of con dao (knife) you can also see the classifier in words like con đường (road) and con số (number).

May 30, 2017
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