怎么着

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 怎么
trad. 怎麼著

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin zěnmezhe
Zhuyin ㄗㄣˇ ㄇㄜ˙ ㄓㄜ˙
IPA (key) /t͡sən²¹⁴ mə⁴ ɖ͡ʐ̥ə¹/

Phrase[edit]

怎么着 (simplified, Pinyin zěnmezhe, traditional 怎麼著)

  1. (informal) Used to serve as a substitute for a verb phrase or a noun phrase; what, how, whatever
    你想怎么着?
    Nǐ xiǎng zěnmezhe?
    What do you want? / What do you want to do?
    不管怎么着, 都不要开门!
    Bùguǎn zěnmezhe, dōu bùyào kāi mén!
    No matter what happens, don't open the door!

Usage notes[edit]

  • 着 is often pronounced as zhāo in casual conversations.