How to use the definite article in Vietnamese

How to use the definite article in Viet­namese

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Vietnamese? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Vietnamese lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Vietnamese definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Viet­namese definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The English definite article 'the' does not exist in Vietnamese. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.

Examples

người đàn ông
the man
đứa con trai
the boy
con gái
the daughter
người bạn
the friend
cánh cửa
the door
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cuốn sách này
this book
người đàn ông này
this man
quả táo này
this apple
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this boy
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Step 4 : The definite article in Viet­namese

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns in English (the book, the chair, the door etc.). Using the nouns quyển sách, cái ghế and cánh cửa (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Vietnamese, because in Vietnamese, there is no definite article. So the word quyển sách can mean book or the book, the word cái ghế can mean chair or the chair and the word cánh cửa can mean door or the door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Vietnamese including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Vietnamese nouns quyển sách, cái ghế and cánh cửa, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Vietnamese).

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