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In Cantonese, what does 多到 (do1 dou3) mean in this context?


nei5 ho2-ji5 soeng2-zoeng6 zeoi6-on3 do1 dou3 gei2-gam3 jim4-zung6 laak3!

My guess is that the sentence translates to something like this:

You can imagine the criminal cases — many became quite serious!

But I'm really not sure. This is the first time I've come across this pattern.

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多到數唔晒 = Ample amount (So many that I can't even count them all.) –  Derek 朕會功夫 Jun 15 '12 at 16:40

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You can understand it as "so many that...":

You can imagine the criminal cases are so many that the situation is serious.

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This is correct. It says that the number of cases are 多 (many) 到 (to the extent that) it's getting serious. –  jogloran Mar 21 '12 at 8:08

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