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What is a proper way to write knock-knock (the sound of knocking in the door) in Chinese?

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Here're some of them, listed from light sound to heavy:

笃笃
咚咚
嘭嘭/砰砰
咣咣 (usually used with 砸门)
  • A knock from police inspection : 查水表 – mootmoot Nov 17 '16 at 9:47
  • @mootmoot Why police check it? Not a staff of water supply company? – songyuanyao Nov 17 '16 at 10:08
  • It is an Internet pun, where in China, authority try to gain access to private property without force entry. – mootmoot Nov 17 '16 at 12:35
  • @mootmoot not exactly. when you say something or do something to criticize the government or reveal a truth that the government doesn't want the public to know, the "big brother" will be annoyed and the police will come arrest you. " Checking the water meter " would be an excuse of the police when they ask you to open the door. Of course, it's just an internet slang used in an ironic/ funny way. In real life in China, a non-public critique won't lead to a concern of the government. – Huang Nov 17 '16 at 23:30

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