Chinese Grammar: Using the particle 呗
Aside from “Shu”, 吧 is one of Lupishu’s favorite particles to use in Chinese, ever since he learned about it in world 2. Maybe it’s one of yours too? Lupishu’s a big dragon now, though, so he feels ready for bigger, more advanced words. That’s smart, so it’s time to introduce a new more advanced particle word in Chinese: 呗！呗 is both close to 吧 and it isn’t. Let’s see why!
呗 is similar to 吧 in how you use it, so sometimes you just can interchange the two particles in a sentence. They certainly also have their differences. Generally speaking, 呗 is much more assertive than 吧, which as you know, is used a lot for suggestions. 呗’s tone is also more rhetorical than 吧. Can you already tell it’s going to be a fun particle to know?
Before we look at different ways you can use 呗, let’s take a quick look at its structure first. You’re in known territory here: As with all Chinese particles, you always put it at the end of the sentence, or at the end of a phrase.
[Sentence + 呗]
Now, let’s see the three different ways you can use 呗 in a sentence:
1: Use 呗 to express the “obviousness” of something
If you want to express a certain fact or share something that should be easy to understand by everyone, and follows a common logic, you can use 呗 to show how “obvious/obviously” it is.
2 Express your “indifference” with 呗
You can also show your indifferent attitude with 呗, to express you don’t care whether one does something or not, or to do something with a lack of passion. Nincha did that a lot when he was a teenager and still does, hum. Use it wisely.
3 Show your “reluctance” with 呗
呗is an interjection that comes in very handy when expressing a reluctant agreement or comment. You can understand it as “what you can only do is this” in English.
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