Mini-Test Answer: 等等 (děngděng)

Beginner Level 初级 (chū

The answer to the test is A.
Hāi, xīnnián nǐ dōu zhǔnbèi shénme le?
Dan: 嗨, 新年    你  都     准备       什么  了?

Hi, what do you prepare for “New Year’s Day?”

Wǒ mǎile hěnduō dōngxi, shuǐguǒ ya, ròu ya, shūcài děngděng.
Alice: 我   买了     很多     东西,   水果    呀,肉 呀, 蔬菜    等等。

I bought many things; fruits, meat, vegetables and so on.


In Chinese, the literal meaning of “等 (děng)” means to wait. For example, “等一下 (děng yí xià) wait for a minute,” “等等我 (děngdeng wǒ) wait for me.” The expression “等,” besides meaning “to wait,” is commonly used after two or more coordinate words to indicate that a list is unfinished. It is equal to “… and so on” in English. In the conversation above, Alice bought a lot of things for the New Year, and she used “等等 (děngděng)” to tell Dan that there were other things as well.


Dàizi lǐ yǒu shuǐguǒ, shūcài, língshí děngděng.
袋子 里有    水果、    蔬菜、  零食     等等。

There are fruits, vegetables, snacks and so on in the bag.

Qǐng bǎ nǐ de jiātíng, xuéxí děng qíngkuàng xiě zài zhè zhāng biǎo shàng.
请    把  你 的 家庭、 学习    等        情况     写 在   这   张       表     上。

Please write about your family, studies, research and so on on the form.

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