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Napkat

Why is 倒 in this sentence?

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Napkat

"在其他的粮食不足的情况下, 用橡子喂猴子是个办法."

 

In my head, I'm loosely translating this as "in cases where food shortages arise, feeding monkeys with acorns is a solution." But why is 倒 used here? I'm struggling to understand how this sentence indicates contrariness. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding either the grammar or how contrariness works in Chinese? Would be grateful for any advice!

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Publius

I think it means "contrary to expectation/common sense, unexpectedly". Make sense?

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Tomsima

Try sticking an 'in fact' or 'actually' and see how you feel

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龙行天下

让我来告诉你吧,倒在汉语,发四声的时候有:却,反而的意思。例如成语:倒打一耙 明明是自己应受到对方的指贵批评,却去指责批评对方。

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谢恩灵

Think of it like "feeding them acorns is actually a solution" whereas previously it would not have been thought a solution since monkeys don't eat acorns. 

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Lu

Hi @龙行天下, thanks for your reply. Next time, could you perhaps write in English? Many of our members are not very good at Chinese yet.

 

Glad you're here, it's always good to have the opinion of a native speaker.

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Beelzebro

Ok so what's the difference between 倒 and 却 and 则 and 其实?

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roddy

Split off a few posts discussing language use if anyone wants to continue that.

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