Jump to content
Learn Chinese in China

'Flexible Use of Interrogative Pronouns' - 谁,什么,怎么,哪儿


Recommended Posts

I'm reading through my textbook currently, and it's thrown up a grammar point which isn't quite clear - is anybody able to clarify the meaning a little?


It reads as follows, and I'll include examples;


"In Chinese, interrogative pronouns such as 谁,什么,怎么 and 哪儿 can be used to refer to every member in a certain scope, indicating all of them are the same in a certain way without exception. For example:


1) 谁都喜欢小丽。

2) 小刚什么都喜欢吃。

3) 我们怎么去公园都可爱。

4) 最近我觉得哪儿都不舒服。


I'm unsure as to whether 'every member' here refers to every object within a certain range (e.g.for #4, where I'm tempted to read it as 'recently I think that I'm uncomfortable everywhere') or whether it means that the four pronouns can be used completely interchangeably. It could just be that I'm tired and my brain's given up for the night, but I thought it best to ask for a hand. :)



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Site Sponsors:
Pleco for iPhone / Android iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Study Chinese in Kunming 1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Chinese Characters Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with a Unique Flash Card System.
Hacking Chinese Tips and strategies for how to learn Chinese more efficiently
Popup Chinese Translator Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.
Chinese Grammar Wiki All Chinese grammar, organised by level, all in one place.

  • 2 months later...

Awesome! I have seen sentences like this and been really confused by it since I never had a proper explanation, thanks so much.

Would I be correct in guessing that in order to say no one, nothing, nowhere, no way, etc., one always places 不 immediately after the 都?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...
On 2016/12/30 at 7:12 AM, Apollys said:

Would I be correct in guessing that in order to say no one, nothing, nowhere, no way, etc., one always places 不 immediately after the 都?

That's correct.

There is something interesting with 不 and 都.:P Check out the example.

谁都不喜欢他。No one likes him.

谁不都喜欢他。Any one likes him with no exception.

他什么都不喜欢吃。 He likes to eat nothing.

他什么不都喜欢吃。 He likes to eat everything with no exception.

最近他觉得哪儿都舒服。He feels all very comfortable recently.

最近他觉得哪儿不都舒服。He feels all comfortable recently with no exception.

都是这样。All is like this.

不都是这样。can mean "All is like this with no exception." or " Not all is like this."

不都是。 Not all is that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...