Decoded Slug: Personal pronoun 'em'

Vietnamese Grammar Point
Personal pronoun 'em'

Personal pronoun 'em'

Short explanation:

Used to refer to the speaker's younger sibling, a younger person, or to oneself when speaking to an elder person.


example of grammar formation for given grammar point


Em đã ăn cơm chưa? - Còn anh, anh ăn cơm chưa?
Have you eaten yet? (said to a younger person) - What about you, have you eaten yet? (said by a younger person to an elder)
Em tên là Hà, em 17 tuổi.
My name is Ha, I am 17 years old. (said by a younger person to an elder)
Em có thể giúp anh không?
Can I help you? (said by a younger person to an elder)
Em ở nhà một mình, nên em quyết định mua một con mèo bầu bạn.
I live alone, so I decided to buy a cat for company. (said by a younger person to an elder)

Long explanation:

The Vietnamese pronoun 'em' is a versatile term used to address speakers' younger siblings, a younger person, or oneself when talking to an elder. It is essentially used in set circumstances that depend on the relationships and ages of those involved in the conversation.

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