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Making Sense of Grammar
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何必/何苦 ‘hébì/hékǔ’ (there is no need/why bother, quite unnecessarily): The adverbs occur in rhetorical questions, they express the meaning that the situation described by the sentence is judged to be ‘unnecessary’:

1. 他已经说了他不去,你何必要再问他呢?

Tā yǐjing shuō le tā bù qù, nǐ hébì yào zài wèn tā ne

(He already said that he wouldn’t go, why do you bother asking him again?)

[1] Loar, J. K. (2011). Chinese syntactic grammar: functional and conceptual principles. New York: Peter Lang.

answered Jun 10 by Ariel (31,850 points)

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