"What happened?"

Translation:发生了什么事?

March 21, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr_Jerry

什么发生了 should also be accepted. I've heard it said this way countless times, but have never heard 发生了什么事.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edasaur

发生了什么事sounds perfectly fine to me, whereas I don't think I've ever heard 什么发生了before... Hmm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlimagnus

什么事发生了 Why is this not accepted? My understanding is in Chinese we place the question words where the information the question seeks would be. For example, if "a car accident happened" then the 什么事 would replace "a car accident" in the sentence. Is this a DL error or am i missing something else.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juliollino

I am wondering the same thing...why is that construction refused ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelvinCheah

"发生什么事了?"

This seems correct to me, but I'm not too sure. Any explanations?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nitedemon

I agree with you , that should be a perfectly acceptable translation.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/donbrahba

I just tried it myself and flagged it as should've been correct. If they don't add it, they will return an explanation.


[deactivated user]

    Really? They explain when they do not adopt our suggestions?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EnsignR

    I flag stuff all the time and have never had that happen


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/9hSF2
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    It is correct. Duolingo needs to update this


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kieran-Moore

    发生了什么... Should be acceptable as well!


    [deactivated user]

      It sounds weird to me to have the "what" at the end.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adrian982119

      Ni shuo shenme? Also what at the end. Ni zai gan shenme? also the same.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/donbrahba

      "Say what?" "She said what!?" "He did what!?" Person A: "What was that? Person B: "Look! That's what"

      Colloquially, it is more common in English than you'd believe.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neil.shah__

      Is 什么了 an acceptable translation of "What happened?" I feel like I've heard native speakers say that when asking "What happened?" or "What is the problem?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabrielle145359

      I think you might be thinking of 怎么了.

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