Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 21

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Today's Chinese characters:

呢尼

The character is made up of two parts: (mouth) and (Buddhist nun). It's used to form elliptical questions. Can you imagine a Buddhist nun and her elliptical mouth?

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Characters' Essentials

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ne
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-Used at the end of an interrogative sentence to ask a question in connection with the preceding topic
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-Used to transliterate foreign language names, such as Disney, Sony, Nikon, Manila, Trinidad, and a lot of famous persons' names. So, what you only need now is to remember its pronunciation.

Description and Examples

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Sentence Structure 12
The Elliptical Question With “呢”

Elliptical questions may be formed by adding the modal particle to a noun, pronoun or nominal construction. The meaning of this kind of question is determined by the context.

Example

医生

meaning: "What about you? What's your profession?"

If asked without any context, it concerns the whereabouts of somebody or something. For example, if you meet Mary and just ask her "Lucy", it would mean "Where is Lucy?"


Exercise

Change into elliptical questions:

认识认识

医生医生


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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 45 of 1000

appearance score: # 383
frequency: 0.0579755%
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-(Used at the end of an interrogative sentence to indicate an elliptical question)
-(Used at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate that the statement is a fact)
-(Used at the end of a statement to indicate that the action or the condition is in progress)
-(Used in the middle of a sentence to indicate a pause)
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-Heavy woolen cloth

This character has a different traditional version.

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ne
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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 46 of 1000

appearance score: # 654
frequency: 0.0312520%
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-Nun, Buddhist nun

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

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