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Making Sense of Grammar
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么 me introduces a pause when the speaker needs time to think and wants to call attention to a particular point:

这件事么,我记不起来了。

Zhè jiàn shì me,wǒ jì bú qǐ lái le。

Oh that? . . . I can’t really remember much about it.

我的意见么,很简单。

Wǒ de yì jiàn me,hěn jiǎn dān 。

My suggestion . . . is very simple.

你累了么,就早点儿休息把。

Nǐ lèi le me,jiù zǎo diǎn ér xiū xī bǎ 。

You’re tired? . . . Well go to bed early then.

[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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