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Mini-Test Answer: B.

Jul. 31, 2012

Elementary Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer to this test is B.

Translation:

           Duìbuqǐ, wǒ chídào le.
 Nate: 对不起,我    迟到  了。
           I’m sorry, I’m late.

           Nǐ zěnme huí shì a? Dì yī cì yuēhuì jiù chídào.
Ellen: 你   怎么    回 事啊?第一次  约会   就   迟到。
           What’s up with you? You are late for our first date.

          Gānggāng yì zhí zài dǔchē.
 Nate: 刚刚          一 直 在   堵车。
           I was in a traffic jam just now.

Analysis:

In the conversation above, the phrase “怎么回事 (zěnme huíshì)” means “what’s up” or “what happened,” and it shows that you care when you inquire about something. But if you add a modal particle, such as “啊 (a)” or “呀 (ya),” to the end of the phrase, then it has the meaning of taking someone to task.

Examples:
1.
          Lily jīntiān qǐngjià zhùyuàn le.
  Ben: Lily今天     请假      住院   了。
          Lily is ill in the hospital.

          Zěnme huí shì? Zuótiān bú shì hái hǎo hǎo de ma?
Mary: 怎么     回   事?昨天      不  是   还    好     好 的吗?
          What’s the matter? She was fine yesterday, wasn’t she?

2.
             Bà, zhècì kǎoshì wǒ méi jígé.
     Son: 爸,这次 考试    我   没 及格。
             Dad, I didn’t pass this test.

             Nǐ zěnme huí shì a, měi cì dōu bù jígé.
Father: 你 怎么     回  事啊,每 次 都   不及格。
             What’s wrong with you? Why do you fail every time?

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