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

Do you need anything more?
你们 还 需要 别的 东西 吗?
Nǐmen hái xūyào bié de dōngxi ma?
Will you buy fruits?
你 要 买 水果 吗?
Nǐ yào mǎi shuǐguǒ ma?
I am going to the tearoom to have some tea. Will you come as well?
我 去 茶馆 喝 茶,你 也 要 去 吗?
Wǒ qù cháguǎn hē chá, nǐ yě yào qù ma?
Have you received (it)?
你 收到 了 吗?
Nǐ shōudào le 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?
Please could you do me one favor?
请 你 能 不能 帮 我 一个 忙。
Qǐng nǐ néng bùnéng bāng wǒ yīge máng.

3. USING A QUESTION WORD

 

For instance: 什么 /shénme/ WHAT 

/shéi/ WHO

EXAMPLES

Who will pick the dishes?
谁 来 点 菜?
Shéi lái diǎn cài?
What beer do you have?
你 有 什么 啤酒?
Nǐ yǒu shénme píjiǔ?
Who are you looking for?
你 找 谁?
<Nǐ zhǎo shéi?>