Meaning of 呢

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Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
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    • mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • Buddhist nun; used in transliterations
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  • Pinyin: ne

    English Definition: particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word ("What about ...?", "And ...?"); particle for inquiring about location ("Where is ...?"); particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board ("ok?", "are you with me?"); (at the end of a declarative sentence) particle indicating continuation of a state or action; particle indicating strong affirmation
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    着呢 [ zhe ne ]: comes at the end of the sentence to indicate a strong degree; quite; rather
    怎么说呢 [ zěn me shuō ne ]: Why is that?; How come?
    何苦呢 [ ne ]: why bother?; is it worth the trouble?
    管他呢 [ guǎn ne ]: don’t worry about (it, him etc); doesn’t matter; whatever; anyway
    杀鸡何必要用牛刀呢 [ shā yào yòng niú dāo ne ]: don't use a sledgehammer to crack a nut; de minimis non curat praetor (trivial matters are of no concern to a high official)
  • Pinyin:

    English Definition: woolen material
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    花呢 [ huā ]: tweed; checkered cloth
    呢呢 [ ]: garrulous; talkative
    制服呢 [ zhì ]: tweed cloth (used for military uniforms etc)
    呢喃 [ nán ]: (onom.) twittering of birds; whispering; murmuring
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