ASKING A QUESTION

 

 
 
_THIS IS A TESTING BETA VERSION OF THE SITE_
 
 
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 THIS YOURS?
这个 是 你的 吗?
<Zhège shì nǐde ma?>
ARE THEY ALSO EUROPEANS?
他们 也 是 欧洲人 吗?
<Tāmen yě shì Ōuzhōurén ma?>
IS THE TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM YET?
老师 已经 在 教室 吗?
Lǎoshī yǐjīng zài jiàoshì ma?
ARE YOU COMING AS WELL?
你 也 要 来 吗?
Nǐ yě yào lái 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

COULD YOU GIVE IT TO ME A BIT CHEAPER?
你 能 不能 给 我 便宜?
Nǐ néng bùnéng gěi wǒ piányi?
IS HE CHINESE?
他 是 不是 中国人?
<Tā shì-bu-shi Zhōngguórén?>
IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHARGE A BATTERY HERE?
这里 可 不 可以 充电?
Zhèli kě bù kěyǐ chōngdiàn?

3. USING A QUESTION WORD

 

For instance: 什么 /shénme/ WHAT 

/shéi/ WHO

COMPLETE LIST OF QUESTION WORDS HERE

 

EXAMPLES

WHO'S CLOTHES IS THIS?
这 是 谁 的 衣服?
Zhè shì shéi de yīfu?
WHAT MEAT WILL YOU EAT?
你 要 什么 肉?
Nǐ yào chī shénme ròu?
WHAT BEER DO YOU HAVE?
你 有 什么 啤酒?
Nǐ yǒu shénme píjiǔ?