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VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“classifier; single, alone”; SV: chích).

PronunciationEdit

ClassifierEdit

chiếc ()

  1. (formal or literary) Indicates generic inanimate nouns
    Synonym: cái
    Chiếc lược ngà
    The Ivory Comb
  2. (colloquial) Indicates popular vehicles, such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc.
    Synonym: con
    Nó có hai chiếc xe máy.
    He's got two motorcycles.

Usage notesEdit

  • As a classifier, chiếc is usually considered as a formal, or even literary, counterpart to cái. It is mostly used colloquially when indicating some types of vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc.
  • Also note that only cái can be used to indicate zoological body parts, except for teeth.

Derived termsEdit