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Making Sense of Grammar
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哪儿 nǎ ér is used in rhetorical questions to convey a more contentious enquiry before a noun (with 的 de), verb or adjective:

这是哪儿的话?

Zhè shì nǎ ér de huà ?

What sort of talk is that/this? (derogatory)/Don’t mention it. (polite)

我哪儿吃得下呢?

Wǒ nǎ ér chī dé xià ne ?

How (on earth) can I eat it/any more?

我的话哪儿错了?

Wǒ de huà nǎ ér cuò le ?

What (on earth) is wrong with what I said?

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
answered Dec 16, 2020 by Ariel (34,480 points)

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