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"Cái cây chỉ một chiếc lá."

Translation:The tree only has one leaf.

July 20, 2017



Precise English speakers would say, "The tree has only one leaf" to express the intended meaning. This makes "only" modify "one." This is logical but doesn't seem to reflect the Vietnamese grammar. In conversation, many (if not most) English speakers actually say, "... only has... " which isn't literally true because the tree obviously has roots, branches, etc., in addition to that leaf. I am, of course, nitpicking as far as conversational English is conncerned but, if we are talking about what is correct or what should be accepted, then, I think, logic and grammar have a place in the discussion.


Dùng a leaf được không nhỉ


"The tree only has one leaf" hay "The tree has a leaf". Ít người nói "The tree only has a leaf".

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