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Meaning of 呢

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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:
    ①用在疑问句末,表示疑问。[例]你怎么知道呢?
    ②用在反问句末,加强反问。[例]这件事谁不知道呢?
    ③用在陈述句末,表示对事实的确认或强调。[例]他们都要求比赛呢。
    ④用在陈述句末,表示动作或情况正在继续。[例]他学习呢。
    ⑤用在句中表示停顿。[例]现在呢,跟过去大不同了。
    ⑥另见ní。

    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:
    ①人们的悄声细语。[合]呢呢(絮絮不休貌)。
    ②燕子鸣声。[例]燕雏羽弱飞难起,母燕呢喃翔复止。——周士彬《营巢燕》。
    ③一种较厚较密的毛织品。[合]花呢;马裤呢;呢羽(泛指毛织品与丝织品)。
    ④另见ne。

    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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