Decoded Slug: Tense marker 'sắp'

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Tense marker 'sắp'

Tense marker 'sắp'

Short explanation:

Used to denote something that is about to happen or occur in the near future.


sắp + verb


Tôi sắp tốt nghiệp trường đại học.
I am about to graduate from university.
Bóng tối sắp bao phủ toàn bộ vùng này.
The darkness is about to cover the entire area.
Chúng tôi sắp đi du lịch Đà Lạt.
We are almost going on a trip to Da Lat.
Cô ấy sắp tới chỗ hẹn.
She is about to arrive at the meeting place.

Long explanation:

The Vietnamese tense marker 'sắp' represents an action or event that is on the verge of happening, synonymous to the English 'about to' or 'almost'. It generally precedes the verb it modifies and is used to express the near future tense in Vietnamese.

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