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The notion of totality may also be expressed by interrogative pronouns (e.g. 谁 shéi/shuí, 什么 shénme, 哪儿nǎ ér, etc.) which are used as indefinite pronouns meaning ‘everyone’, ‘everything’, ‘everywhere’, etc., generally in association with the adverb 都dōu:

谁都愿意去

shéi/shuí dōu yuànyi qù

Everybody is willing to go.

我什么都要。

Wǒ shí me dōu yào 。

I want everything. /I’ll take anything.

谁都可以来。

Shuí dōu kě yǐ lái 。

Everybody/anyone can come.

哪儿都行。

Nǎ ér dōu háng 。

Anywhere will do.

怎样都可以。

Zěn yàng dōu kě yǐ 。

Any way will do.

她谁都认识。

Tā shuí dōu rèn shí 。

She knows everybody.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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