Difference between revisions of "Modal particle "ne""

 
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* 雨 还 很 大 <em>呢</em>,我们 不 要 出去 了。<span class="pinyin">Yǔ hái hěn dà<em>ne</em>, wǒmen bù yào chūqù le .</span><span class="trans">And it's raining really heavily. Let's just not go out.</span>
 
* 雨 还 很 大 <em>呢</em>,我们 不 要 出去 了。<span class="pinyin">Yǔ hái hěn dà<em>ne</em>, wǒmen bù yào chūqù le .</span><span class="trans">And it's raining really heavily. Let's just not go out.</span>
 
* 你 喝 吧,还有 很 多 可乐 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Nǐ hē ba, háiyǒu hěn duō kělè<em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">Drink some. There's a lot of cola left.</span>
 
* 你 喝 吧,还有 很 多 可乐 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Nǐ hē ba, háiyǒu hěn duō kělè<em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">Drink some. There's a lot of cola left.</span>
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* 爸爸 在 工作<em> 呢</em>,不 能 和 你 一起 玩。<span class="pinyin">Bàba zài gōngzuò <em>ne</em>, bù néng hé nǐ yīqǐ wán.</span><span class="trans">Daddy's working. He can't play with you.</span>
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* 他 还 没 回来 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Tā hái méi huílái <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">He hasn't come back yet.</span>
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* 我们 的 工作 还 有 很多 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Wǒmen de gōngzuò hái yǒu hěn duō <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">We still have a lot of work.</span>
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* 我们 一起 吃饭 吧,时间 还 有 很多 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Wǒmen yīqǐ chīfàn ba, shíjiān háiyǒu hěn duō <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">Let's eat together. We still have a lot of time.</span>
 
* 你 怎么 还 在 吃<em> 呢</em>?<span class="pinyin">Nǐ zěnme hái zài chī <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">How is it that you're still eating?</span>
 
* 你 怎么 还 在 吃<em> 呢</em>?<span class="pinyin">Nǐ zěnme hái zài chī <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">How is it that you're still eating?</span>
 
* 爸爸 在 工作<em> 呢</em>,不 能 和 你 一起 玩。<span class="pinyin">Bàba zài gōngzuò <em>ne</em>, bù néng hé nǐ yīqǐ wán.</span><span class="trans">.</span>
 
* 他 还 没 回来 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Tā hái méi huílái <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">.</span>
 
* 我们 的 工作 还 有 很多 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Wǒmen de gōngzuò hái yǒu hěn duō <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">.</span>
 
* 我们 一起 吃饭 吧,时间 还 有 很多 <em>呢</em>。<span class="pinyin">Wǒmen yīqǐ chīfàn ba, shíjiān háiyǒu hěn duō <em>ne</em>.</span><span class="trans">.</span>
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 03:26, 4 December 2019

You may have already learned how to ask questions with 呢 (ne), but did you know that it's also used in statements? In this usage, 呢 (ne) is imparting a certain "mood" (hence the word "modal") or "attitude." It's used when trying to sound more confident and convincing to someone else.

Structure

Statement + 呢

Examples

For each of these examples, just a bit of context is needed to understand what the speaker is trying to convince someone of.

  • 我 不 要 回家 。还 早 Wǒ bù yào huíjiā. Hái zǎo ne!I don't want to go home. It's still early!
  • 太 远 了,坐 火车 要 十 个 小时 Tài yuǎn le, zuò huǒchē yào shí gè xiǎoshí ne.It's too far. By train, it'll take 10 hours.
  • 我 找 了 你 很 久 ,你 去 哪里 了?Wǒ zhǎo le nǐ hěn jiǔ ne, nǐ qù nǎlǐ le?I looked for you for quite a while. Where did you go?
  • 雨 还 很 大 ,我们 不 要 出去 了。Yǔ hái hěn dàne, wǒmen bù yào chūqù le .And it's raining really heavily. Let's just not go out.
  • 你 喝 吧,还有 很 多 可乐 Nǐ hē ba, háiyǒu hěn duō kělène.Drink some. There's a lot of cola left.
  • 爸爸 在 工作,不 能 和 你 一起 玩。Bàba zài gōngzuò ne, bù néng hé nǐ yīqǐ wán.Daddy's working. He can't play with you.
  • 他 还 没 回来 Tā hái méi huílái ne.He hasn't come back yet.
  • 我们 的 工作 还 有 很多 Wǒmen de gōngzuò hái yǒu hěn duō ne.We still have a lot of work.
  • 我们 一起 吃饭 吧,时间 还 有 很多 Wǒmen yīqǐ chīfàn ba, shíjiān háiyǒu hěn duō ne.Let's eat together. We still have a lot of time.
  • 你 怎么 还 在 吃Nǐ zěnme hái zài chī ne.How is it that you're still eating?

See Also

Sources and further reading

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