AND/BUT/OR IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE EQUIVALENTS –A CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING WRITNG SKILL AT HUNG YEN UNIVERISTY OF TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION
The study was conducted to make a contrastive analysis of AND/BUT/OR in English and their equivalents VÀ/NHƯNG/HAY-HOẶC in Vietnamese in order to find out whether they are the only equivalents of AND/BUT/OR in all contexts. The results showed that as cohesive devices, the three coordinators AND/BUT/OR appear to be more flexible than their semantic syntactic and logical meanings because these coordinators can function in discourse to create possible implications for the effect of communication. We have 9 implications by AND, 2 by BUT and 5 by OR. VÀ/NHƯNG/HAY-HOẶC are not the only equivalents to AND/BUT/OR in all relation respectively. In fact, for different meanings implied by AND/BUT/OR many other linkers or expressions are found as Vietnamese equivalents of these three coordinators. In general, AND is commonly used to denote ADDITION, BUT shows CONTRAST and OR implies ALTERNATIVE. The study also mentioned some suggestions for teaching writing skill at Hung Yen University of Technology and Education (UTEHY)
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