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When do I use đang? Also when to use đưa?

 

There are a lot of little words that are often thrown into sentences that do not seem to have literal translations in English. These are two that I'm confused by.

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When do you use đang, and what exactly does it mean? For example, do these sentences mean anything different?

(I'm swimming/ I swim)
Tôi đang bơi.
Tôi bơi.

(I am tall)
Tôi đang cao.
Tôi cao.

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I also am wondering about đưa. When do you need it?

Is there a difference:

đưa còn gai...
còn gai...

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Base language: English
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    I'm swimming : tôi đang bơi.
    Dear David,
    '+ Đang : present perfect continuous tense
    Tôi đang làm gì đó (đang bơi, đang ăn..) tương đương với thì hiện tại tiếp diễn trong English.
    I'm tall: mô tả tôi cao/ tôi thấp
    Trong tiếng việt tôi đang cao có nghĩa là tôi đang lớn, đang phát triển về chiều cao. Thường thì câu đúng là : tôi đang phát triền chiều cao thì "chuẩn hơn" !
    Hope it's helpful !

    Unlike "to be" (is, are, been ...) in English which are used to describe both action and feature of things, such as, "I'm swimming" or "I'm tall", we use different words.

    And "đang" is used for present continuous tense, namely, you ARE doing something.
    To describe a feature, you don't need any supportive words. Just "tôi cao" - I tall, literally.

    And the second part. I think you mean "đứa con gái" - "a/ the girl". "đứa" is literally translated to a kid. You can use it independently, for example "đứa này béo" - the kid is fat. Also you can use it as an article before "con gái" - girl or "con trai".

    'đang' is used in all continuous tenses
    VD: tôi đang làm bài tập về nhà (I'm doing my homework at the moment)
    9 giờ tối qua tôi đang xem TV (I was watching TV at 9 pm yesterday)
    _đang also expresses your present feeling:
    tôi đang buồn
    tôi đang đói

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