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There is an expression in English of sort of dramatic frustration, but in a very familiar, and almost endearing way. So, for example, if your girlfriend/boyfriend does something that is kind of unique or strange, but it is very specific to them, you can exclaim, "What am I going to do with you!"

It is hard for me to explain this expression, and I cannot find a good webpage for it. But I am looking for a way in Chinese to sort of "mock complain" about something slightly weird that someone you care about does. Do you have any thoughts?

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Yes, there is a Chinese expression that almost perfectly matches the English one:

我该拿你怎么办

And it is used endearingly, or critically by superiors on inferiors. This also seems to match the English usage.

I don't know about its etymology; from its close match against English and its contemporaneity (Ngram Viewer shows it appeared in the 80's and began to spike from the 90's) I suspect it is highly influenced by the English expression.

  • I think 拿你没办法 is more accurate – user3306356 Aug 21 '14 at 13:47
  • @user3306356 这样太直白,没有体现当事人的迷茫,无助和绝望 – workplaylifecycle Aug 21 '14 at 14:01

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