Could anyone please tell me how these characters mean "Of course!"/"That goes without saying!" when placed together?

Because when it's translated one by one, the characters don't seem to correlate to one another at all.

那 : that
还 : still
用 : use
说 : speak

I'm just curious though.

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The point is doesn't mean "use", but "need" here.

(多用于否定: 需要) need:

There's no need to turn on the light.

I don't think you need to worry in the least.

And is used for emphasis,


That goes without saying.

This is the limit!; This is simply atrocious!

那还用说 is a rhetorical question (echo question), it literally means ”need to say that?!", i.e. "no need to say", then "of course" or "that goes without saying".

  • So is 这还用说 to be interpreted as a question? – BallpointBen Oct 6 at 23:05
  • @BallpointBen Yes, a rhetorical question. – songyuanyao Oct 7 at 0:42

那还用说! means "not even deserves to mention it", implying something is very obvious and no need to address it or put it on the table.

Stretch a bit:

:that thing

还用(equal to 不用):not necessary to

:speak, mention

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