39 – still – còn

Standard

Còn means “still” (adverb) or “still have” (verb)
subject + còn + verb/adjective
adverb

Trời còn mưa to lắm! Chưa đi được đâu!
Sky still rains big very! not yet go able

It’s still raining very heavily! We cannot go yet.

Anh còn bao nhiêu tiền?
You (male) still have how much money
còn đủ tiền mua không?
still have enough money to buy ticket or no?

How much money do you still have? Do you still have enough money to buy ticket?

Còn phải + verb means you still have to do something

Em còn phải thi toán nữa
I still have to take an exam math

I still have to take the math exam

2 responses »

  1. Your examples REALLY help my Vietnamese improve a lot, not because of the main word you’re teaching, but because it shows how to combine it with other verbs.

    May I request a lesson/post on “Possibilities/Probably”? I have trouble saying something like “He probably ate at Dì Hai’s house” and “Not only will I cut your cuticle, but I might cut your skin also.”

  2. I’m glad it helps you! Give me some time to prepare the lesson, in the mean time, about what you ask

    the first sentence is “nó có lẽ / chắc là ăn ở nhà dì Hai rồi”
    “có lẽ” and “chắc là” mean probably / perhaps.
    You can put it after the verb (subject + có lẽ / chắc là + verb) or at the beginning of the sentence (Có lẽ / chắc là + sentence)

    the second is different. It’s “Not only… but also…” which is “Không những… mà còn…”
    “Không những tôi sẽ cắt da khô mà tôi còn có thể cắt vào da nữa”

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