The Chinese word 到底 is an adverb that is commonly used to express a sense of urgency or emphasis in a question, often translated as “in the end” or “after all”. It is used to seek a definitive answer or to express frustration or impatience. For example, “你到底想吃什么？” translates to “What do you want to eat after all?” or “What do you really want to eat?”
Adverb: finally, in the end
|tā dàodǐ shì shéi?
|Who is he exactly?
|wǒ dàodǐ zuò cuòle shénme?
|What did I do wrong exactly?
|nǐ dàodǐ yào bùyào qù?
|Are you going or not?
|zhè jiàn shì dàodǐ shì zěnme huíshì?
|What exactly happened in this matter?
|tā dàodǐ yǒu duō cōngming?
|How intelligent is he exactly?
|nǐ dàodǐ xiǎng gàn shénme?
|What exactly do you want to do?
|zhège wèntí dàodǐ gāi zěnme jiějué?
|How should we exactly solve this problem?
|tā dàodǐ zài nǎlǐ?
|Where exactly is he?