City University of Hong Kong CLASS CLASS
Making Sense of Grammar
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(1)唉ài expresses regret:

唉,他真不幸!

āi,tā zhēn bú xìng!

Oh, he’s really unlucky!

唉,他又病了!

āi,tā yòu bìng le!

Oh dear, he is ill again!

(2)哎呀 expresses pleasant or unpleasant surprises:

哎呀,你儿子大学毕业了!

āi ya,nǐ ér zǐ dà xué bì yè le!

Gosh! Your son has graduated from university already!

哎呀,你怎么搞的!

āi ya,nǐ zěn me gǎo de!

Oh dear, what a mess you have made of it!

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
answered Feb 1 by Ariel (24,580 points)

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