Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2018, Page: 61-69
The English Modal “can” and Its Vietnamese Counterpart “có thể
To Minh Thanh, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Received: Mar. 29, 2018;       Accepted: May 2, 2018;       Published: Jun. 2, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180603.12      View  1105      Downloads  87
Considering modality as whatever that lies out of the lexis (also called the dictum) of the proposition of a declarative sentence, I have considered the meanings conveyed by the modal verb “ can” as well as its English alternative modal expressions, in comparison with those conveyed by its so-called Vietnamese counterpart “ có thể”, if possible. If not, other translated versions into Vietnamese are suggested. The English modal verb can is translated into Vietnamese in a number of different ways, and có thể is one of these ways, however frequent and thus prominent it is; in other words, besides có thể, among other Vietnamese counterparts of “ can are “ được”, “ mớiđược”, “ có thểđược”, “ có thể sẽ”, “ biết”, and “ thường”. The alternative modal expressions of “ can” as shown in the English declaratives in this paper have plenty of Vietnamese equivalents, as identified in their suggested translated versions. Although these inevitable differences cause both Vietnamese learners of English and native speakers of English who do a course in Vietnamese a lot of trouble, their potential similarities are the objective bases for successful practice in translating or interpreting. There is no doubt that the interesting and fruitful research on modal expressions in Vietnamese and English declarative sentences is of undeniably practical significance in the current time of world-wide explosion of information and cross-cultural communication.
Declaratives, Modality, The Realis Modality, The Capacity Modality, Physical or Mental Capacities, Possibility, Permission, General Characteristics
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To Minh Thanh, The English Modal “can” and Its Vietnamese Counterpart “có thể”, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2018, pp. 61-69. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180603.12
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