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I know 多 means many. But in some cases, it is used as in this sentence, such as this one: "多好看啊!" How exactly does it work? Thanks!

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I don't know how exactly does it work, but 多 means very here. –  Rui Apr 17 at 19:27
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Chinese words or characters are best not to be thought of as having specific meanings but rather of having a concept or a general meaning.

So in the case of 多 anything that roughly means many, a lot, very (like Rui said) can work

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What an adorable baby!

How beautiful it is!

Yes like songyuanyao said 多 is used in exclamatory sentence to indicate the high level. I'm a native speaker of Mandarin.

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I prefer to the meaning as "how", because here's a hiding sense of trying to remind others to pay attention to, so

"多好看啊!"

can be translated to

"How beautiful (it is)!"

According to 在线新华字典,

多 duō【副】means 多么〖how〗, 用在感叹句里,表示程度很高。如:你看人家做得多好!

(多 as adv, means how, used in exclamatory sentence to indicate the high level of sth. Such as : To see how well others have done!)

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“多好看啊”=“多么好看啊” “多漂亮啊”=“多么漂亮啊” “多热闹啊”=“多么热闹啊” etc... In this sentense, It means "very" but not "many" Regards!

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In this context, I believe that 多 is short for 多 么. The 么 changes the meaning of 多 from "much" to "how much." Thus, 多 (么) 好看啊 would mean "how (much) good looking!"

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Simply put, 多 works as an adverb in this sentence to indicate the level of the adjective (好看 good-looking), therefore literally it means many good-looking, or in English term, very good-looking --> very pretty.

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It's like the "so" in "So pretty!"

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This is the correct answer which is so simple, so easy to understand. 简单、 易懂的答案。 –  LiuYan 刘研 May 7 at 3:19
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