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ASKING A QUESTION

 

 
 
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3 WAYS TO ASK A QUESTION
 
 
CAREFUL: THESE WAYS CAN’T BE COMBINED
 

1. QUESTION PARTICLE

 

We place the question particle at the end of the sentence

Question particle is mostly  /ma/ 

 

EXAMPLES

Is the teacher in the classroom yet?
老师 已经 在 教室 吗?
Lǎoshī yǐjīng zài jiàoshì ma?
Are you going as well?
你 也 要 去 吗?
Nǐ yě yào qù ma?
Have you received (it)?
你 收到 了 吗?
Nǐ shōudào le ma?
Is this yours?
这个 是 你的 吗?
<Zhège shì nǐde ma?>

 

2. VERB - NEGATION - VERB

 

For instance 是不是 /shì-bu-shi/ IS or ISN’T = IS IT?

When the verb is based of 2 syllables, like 可以 /kěyǐ/ TO BE POSSIBLE, the construction looks like this:

可以 /-bù-kěyǐ/ IS IT POSSIBLE?

 

EXAMPLES

Can we leave the luggages here?
我们 可 不 可以 把 行李 留 在 这里?
Wǒmen kě bù kěyǐ bǎ xínglǐ liú zài zhèli?
Is it possible to charge a battery here?
这里 可 不 可以 充电?
Zhèli kě bù kěyǐ chōngdiàn?
Could you give it to me a bit cheaper?
你 能 不能 给 我 便宜?
Nǐ néng bùnéng gěi wǒ piányi?

3. USING A QUESTION WORD

 

For instance: 什么 /shénme/ WHAT 

/shéi/ WHO

EXAMPLES

What beer will you (do you want to) drink?
你 要 喝 什么 啤酒?
<Nǐ yào hē shénme píjiǔ?>
Who will pick the dishes?
谁 来 点 菜?
Shéi lái diǎn cài?
Who's clothes is this?
这 是 谁 的 衣服?
Zhè shì shéi de yīfu?

 

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