Mini-Test Answer: B

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer to this test is B.


          Nick, wǒmen fēnshǒu ba.
Lucy: Nick,  我们     分手      吧。
          Nick, let’s break up.

          Shénme? Nǐ fēngle ma!?
 Nick: 什么?     你  疯了   吗!?
          What? Are you crazy!?

          Duìbùqǐ, wǒ yǐjīng bú ài nǐ le.
Lucy: 对不起,我 已经  不 爱你了。
          I’m sorry, but I’m not in love with you.


In Chinese, “什么 (shénme)” means what and here it is used as a pronoun. In the conversation above, “什么 (shénme)” is used as a sentence singly to express surprise or excitement. Nick says “什么 (shénme)” to express his surprise at Lily’s suggestion. This kind of usage is very common in daily life.


          Mary hé Tom hǎo le.
Anna: Mary和  Tom  好 了。
          Mary and Tom are together now.

          Shénme? Mary huì xǐhuan Tom?
  Lisa: 什么?    Mary  会   喜欢   Tom?
           What? Mary likes Tom?

           Zhēn de, wǒ qīn yǎn kàn dào de.
Anna: 真     的,我 亲    眼  看    到  的。
           It’s true. I saw them with my own eyes.

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