怎麼

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ChineseEdit

how dimi.
trad. (怎麼/怎麽) /
simp. (怎么)

PronunciationEdit


AdverbEdit

怎麼 (chiefly Mandarin)

  1. how
    北京怎麼 / 北京怎么  ―  Běijīng zěnme qù?  ―  How do you get to Beijing?
    動人英文怎麼 / 动人英文怎么  ―  "Dòngrén" yòng yīngwén zěnme shuō?  ―  How do you say "dongren" in English?
    怎麼 / 怎么  ―  Zhè shì zěnme huí shì ya?  ―  How did this happen?
  2. how come, why
  3. in what way; what
    怎麼 / 怎么  ―  Wǒ shì zěnme gēn nǐ shuō de?  ―  What did I tell you?
    怎麼那麼時間 / 怎么那么时间  ―  zěnme nàme cháng shíjiān ò?  ―  What took you so long?
    閉嘴怎麼怎麼 [MSC, trad.]
    闭嘴怎么怎么 [MSC, simp.]
    Bìzuǐ, wǒ zěnme shuō nǐ jiù zěnme bàn! [Pinyin]
    Shut up and do what I say!
  4. used to indicate a degree, usually of inadequacy or inferiority
    女兒現在怎麼寫字 [MSC, trad.]
    女儿现在怎么写字 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ de nǚ'ér xiànzài sān suì, hái dōu bù zěnme huì xiězì. [Pinyin]
    My daughter is just three years old and cannot write anything very well.
    喜歡唱歌但是怎麼 [MSC, trad.]
    喜欢唱歌但是怎么 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ hěn xǐhuān chànggē, dànshì wǒ hái bù zěnme huì chàng. [Pinyin]
    I love singing, but I'm not very good at it.
    現在怎麼網球但是老師教導一定提高水平 [MSC, trad.]
    现在怎么网球但是老师教导一定提高水平 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ xiànzài hái bù zěnme huì dǎ wǎngqiú, dànshì zài lǎoshī de jiàodǎo xià, yīdìng néng tígāo wǒ de shuǐpíng! [Pinyin]
    I'm not that great at tennis now, but I will definitely improve under my teacher's guidance!

SynonymsEdit

Dialectal synonyms of 怎麼 ("how")
Variety Location Words
Classical Classical 如何
Mandarin Beijing 怎麼
Jinan 怎麼
Xi'an 咋樣兒
Wuhan 麼樣哪樣
Chengdu 咋個啷個
Yangzhou 井幹
Hefei 怎樣
Cantonese Guangzhou 點樣
Hong Kong 點樣
Gan Nanchang 啷樣
Hakka Meixian 仰般
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 仰般仰仔
Liudui (S. Sixian) 仰仔
Hsinchu (Hailu) 仰般
Dongshi (Dabu) 仰脣
Taiwanese Raoping 仰般仰般形
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 仰子
Jin Taiyuan 咋底
Min Dong Fuzhou 怎怎怎其
Min Nan Xiamen 按怎
Taipei 按怎
Chaozhou 在生乜生做呢
Wu Shanghai 哪能
Suzhou 捺亨
Wenzhou 訾那訾那能
Xiang Changsha 何什
Shuangfeng 麼家

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