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Using "nanguai" as a verb

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难怪 (nánguài) when used as a verb can be translated as "hard to blame." This is usually directed at a person, and it is similar to how in English we may say "He's always sleepy, but you can't blame him because he works a night shift."

难怪 as a Verb

Structure

难怪 + [Specific Person / People]

When used as a verb it expresses that the speaker assigns no blame in the situation he is describing i.e. that someone is not to be blamed. Often a person is placed after it, as in the latter two examples below.

Examples

  • A: 他 迟到 了 。
    B: 这 也 难怪。 今天 地铁 坏 了 。A: He's late. B: Don't blame him, the subway broke down today.
  • 难怪 他,他 还 是 个 孩子 呢,什么 都 不 懂。Don't blame him, he's just a child. He doesn't know any better.
  • 这 也 难怪你,第 一 次 到 这 个 地方 还 不 了解 这里 的 风俗。No one can blame you, the first time I came here, I didn't understand the customs.
  • 这 也 难怪,他刚来嘛,算了算了。Don't blame anyone, he just got here, forget it.

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