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Mini-test Answers: The Man Does Not Know that Beautiful Lady.

Apr. 2, 2011

Intermediate Level 中级 (zhōngjí)

 The correct answer for this Chinese language test is B.

Here is the English version of the test:

A: Do you know that beautiful lady in front of us?

B: Absolutely not.

“才怪 (cái guài)” means impossible or absolutely not. In this Mandarin Chinese test, “才怪 (cái guài)” aims to deny the verb “认识 (rènshi),” so person B means that he does not know the attractive woman in front of him.

Here’s another example:

    Nǐ huì shuō hànyǔ ma?
A: 你  会    说     汉语   吗?
    Can you speak Chinese?

     Bú huì shuō cái guài.
B: 不  会     说    才    怪。
    Absolutely.

In this example, you can see how person B uses “不 ( )” to form a double negative which indicates that B can speak Chinese. The negative “不 ( )” is generally positioned before the verb, such as “不去才怪 ( bú qù cái guài). I will definitely come. ”

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Comments

And I thought I was the seinsble one. Thanks for setting me straight.

Thank God! Someone with bnrais speaks!

Kudos! What a neat way of tihnikng about it.

What does 奇怪 mean?

Its Chinese pinyin is “qíguài.” It is an adjective, which you can use as follows:
奇怪的事情(qíguài de shìqíng) strange events; 她很奇怪 (tā hěn qíguài) She is strange.

It means “strange.” What about its Chinese pinyin?

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