The interjection 哦
An interjection (感叹词) is a word or expression that occurs as an utterance on its own and expresses a spontaneous feeling or reaction. It expresses feelings and emotions but does not name them. It is usually placed at the beginning of a sentence.
The interjection 哦 has two functions, which can be distinguished based on pronunciation: 1) indicates doubt or surprise In English it can be translated as "really?", "oh!".
Oh? Is it so?!
ó, zhēn de ma
Oh, these types of people also exist?
ó! huì yǒu zhèzhong de rén
What! How can that be!
ó, yuánlái shì zhèyàng
2) is used when a speaker either realized something or guessed about something In English it can be translated as "ah!", "oh!“.
Oh, I see!
ò, wǒ míngbái le
Ah, I guess he is preparing a gift for you!
ò, wǒ juéde tā wèi nǐ zhǔnbèi yígè jīngxǐ
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