Decoded Slug: 难道 (nándào) - Could it be that, isn't it?

Mandarin Grammar Point
难道 (nándào) - Could it be that, isn't it?

难道 (nándào) - Could it be that, isn't it?

Short explanation:

Used to express surprise or doubt regarding something.


难道 + sentence (containing an assertion)


Nándào nǐ bù zhīdào tā yǐjīng jiéhūn le ma?
Could it be that you don't know he's already married?
Nándào nǐ bù xǐhuān chī qiǎokèlì ma? Wǒ yǐwéi suǒyǒu de rén dōu xǐhuān.
Could it be that you don't like eating chocolate? I thought everyone likes it.
Nándào nǐ méi tīngdào wǒ gāngcái shuō de huà ma?
Could it be that you didn't hear what I said just now?
Nándào tā zhēn de bù zhīdào zhège guīzé ma? Nà jiǎnzhí bù kěnéng.
Could it be that he really doesn't know this rule? That's simply impossible.

Long explanation:

In Mandarin Chinese, '难道 (nándào)' is an adverb used to express disbelief, surprise, or apprehension regarding a particular situation or fact. It is equivalent to phrases like 'could it be that' or 'isn't it' in English. It's typically used in rhetorical questions where the speaker expects agreement or is sure of the statement's accuracy.

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