Could I get a breakdown of this sentence: 怎么会是在一所私校呢 The translation says, "How is it in a private school?" But I'm not 100% sure it's correct.

Also, I realize 怎么会 is oftentimes collocated to mean "How could" or "how could it be that..."

But I'm curious if this sentence's structure is more like English and means something like, "How would it be in a private school?"

I'm just unsure and would LOVE an explanation!!!! <3


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    What you understand is totally correct. As for break down: 怎么会/是/在一所私校/呢. 怎么会: how could. 是(verb): is. 在一所私校 is a prepositional phrase.
    – dan
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 4:31
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    The translation "How is it in a private school?" is not correct. The Chinese sentence is a rhetorical question, or a question with high doubt. So how could it be in a private school is more appropriate.
    – lilysirius
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 8:08

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怎么会: how come

How come it's in a private school? (Dunno what "it" is without context.)

How could that happen in a private school?

(strange: 发生:happen, 生发:grow hair)

Or maybe you had a “怎么回事”?

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    I agree that the sentence implies something has occurred in the school that surprises the speaker.
    – r13
    Commented Oct 6, 2021 at 17:09

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