How to use ne 呢 in Chinese

The ne character ne (ne) is a special character that can be used in two ways, to ask a reciprocal question, or to add mood to a question or statement.

Using 呢 to ask a reciprocal question

ne (ne) can be added to the end of questions to add a perplexed, puzzled or questioning tone to the question making it a reciprocal question. Here are some examples:

Where did he go? r? (tā qù nǎ​r?)
Where could he have gone? rne? (tā qù nǎ​r ne?)
Why are you cooking? wèishénmezuòfàn? (nǐ wèi​shén​me zuò​fàn?)
What are you cooking for? wèishénmezuòfànne? (nǐ wèi​shén​me zuò​fàn ne?)
You (nǐ)
What about you? ne? (nǐ ne?)

Using 呢 as a modal particle in a statement

ne (ne) can be added to the end of a statement or sentence to add a convincing tone or mood. When used in this way 呢 is referred to as a modal particle, that is they essentially communicate the mood of what the speaker thinks about the sentence.

(it’s) very slow! hěnmànne! (hěn màn ne!)
she is very busy! hěnmángne! (tā hěn máng ne!)
How come you haven’t gone home yet? zěnmeháiméihuíjiāne? (zěn​me hái méi huí​jiā ne?)
He’s fat! hěnpàngne! (tā hěn pàng ne!)

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