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Different functions of 'mà'

Different functions of 'mà'

Short explanation:

'mà' is a versatile word in Vietnamese that has many different functions such as but, that, and, which.


The word 'mà' usually comes in between two parts of a sentence representing the connection or the contrast.


Anh ấy nói anh ấy sẽ đến, vậy mà anh ấy đã không đến.
He said he would come, but he didn't.
Cô ấy là người mà tôi yêu.
She is the one that I love.
Tôi đã cố gắng hết sức, nhưng mà không thể hoàn thành nhiệm vụ.
I tried my best, but I couldn't complete the task.
Đây là cuốn sách mà tôi đã mua.
This is the book that I bought.

Long explanation:

In Vietnamese, 'mà' can be used in various ways and its meaning changes based on the context. It can be used as a conjunction equivalent to 'that', 'which' or 'but'. It is also often used to mark a cause-and-effect relationship between two clauses or to elaborate on an idea.

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