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呢 ne: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 1

呢 (ne) English Meaning

  • (question particle for subjects already mentioned)
  • 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

Traditional Character:  

Sample Sentences

  • 您呢?
    What about you?
  • 你爸呢?
    How about your father?
  • 原因呢?
    And what was the reason?
  • 那我呢?
    What about me?
  • 谁会信呢?
    Who’s going to believe that?
  • 是谁的错呢?
    Whose fault is it?

Stroke Order & Character Components

呢 (ne): (question particle for subjects already mentioned)

  • (kǒu): mouth
  • (shī): dead body
  • (bǐ): spoon / man overthrown
  • (ní): Buddhist nun; (often used in phonetic spellings)
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