Chinese Grammar: Expressing "finally", “on earth” and "in the end" with 到底 & 究竟
There are always people who like to give ambiguous answers. Each time, it never fails: the only thing you want to say is "what on earth do you mean?"
"On earth" with 到底
到底 + question phrase
“After all” with 到底
到底 + Reason/Aspect + Phrases
究竟 to say in the end
Another word to express “on earth” is 究竟. Use it when you want to get to the bottom of something. You could translate in English as "in the end".
It is used in the same way as 到底, usually in a question form.
究竟 + question
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