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What is the Right Way to Say “Of Course” in Chinese?

Of course, as a common phrase in English, can be used to introduce an idea or turn of events as being obvious or to be expected, give permission and introduce a qualification or admission. In Chinese language, we also use phrase with meaning “of course” frequently. Then how do we say “of course” in Mandarin?

1. 当然可以 (dānɡ rán ké yǐ)

This phrase is used to respond when someone asks you for permission. For example:

-James: Hey, Lily. Can I borrow your pen?

-Lily: Of course. Here you are.

2. 必须的 (bì xū de)

This Chinese phrase is mainly used in the northeast China. The main difference between Mandarin and northeast Chinese lies in the tone. You will figure it out when talking with northeast Chinese people.

3. 没问题 (méi wèn tí)

méi wèn tí is another expression to give permission, similar to dānɡ rán ké yǐ. When someone asks for your permission or help, you can use méi wèn tí to give permission or agree someone’s requirement.

4. 当然 (dānɡ rán)

When someone asks your attitude to something, you will use “of course” to express your positive answer. For example:

– Do you love the present I prepare for you?

– Of course I do (当然喜欢dānɡ rán xǐ huɑn).

Above are all phrases that I conclude about how to say of course in Chinese. For more questions, just leave message below to PM me via my facebook page.

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