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I've quoted the following sentences from here.

这个 问题 太 简单 了 ,连 三岁 小孩 都 知道 。

This question is so easy that even a three-year-old kid knows the answer.

For me, I think that removing 都 from this sentence still make sense.

What exactly this 都 is meaning here?

I used the dictionary and got the meanings as all, both, entirely .

So I think that adopting entirely is the best but I can't have a confidence.

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[ ~ ] is a set structure. It means [even ~ (too)]

If you omit 都 and write "连 三岁 小孩 知道" The sentence would make no sense. It is like omitting "en" in "even" and writing "ev three years old children know"

  • 连(even) 都(too)

  • XX = even XX too --> even XX

"too" can be omitted in English but "都" cannot be omitted in Chinese

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has the meanings of "even(甚至于)" and "include(包括)".

, here, is an auxiliary word that means "all(统统,全)", which is required to connect the phrase "三岁小孩" and "知道" and put an emphasis tone on the complete phrase.

  • 这个问题太简单了,**连(even)三岁小孩都(all)**知道。Note that the sentence remains valid after dropping the word "连":

  • 这个问题太简单了,三岁小孩 都/统统/全 知道。

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