SENTENCE STRUCTURE: A THÌ B

  • Namthilanguage
  • 07/09/2021

“Thì” in theme-rheme structure serves as demarcation between A (the topic) and B (the focus of such topic).
“Thì” also marks the implication that A describes something in contrast with (supposedly) available information.
E.g.
Lan thì đẹp rồi./Lan is beautiful (while others might not be)
Tốt thì mua đi./Buy it if it’s good (and don’t if it’s not)

*Source: varied

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