Why does 哪 sometimes mean how?
哪 is a question word in Chinese that means "which" or "how".
When used to mean "which", 哪 is usually followed by a measure word + a noun.
But, when you look at the different meanings of 哪, its other meaning is more puzzling: "how".
How does 哪 mean how?
我 哪 知道 is usually something you'll say when someone asks you a question that you really don't know how to answer or that you simply don't want to answer. Generally speaking, this expression is regarded as a defensive or defiant way to say "I don't know"; "I have no idea".
See how 哪 means "how" in context
哪 in a dialogue at work
哪 in a dialogue at school
Note: 一窍不通 (yī qiào bù tōng): is a Chinese idiom which means "to know nothing about", "to lack the slightest knowledge of".
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