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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 everything right?
一切 顺利 吗?
Yīqiè shùnlì ma?
Did (you) bring passport?
护照 带 了 吗?
Hùzhào dài le ma?
Are you ready?
你 准备 好 了 吗?
Nǐ zhǔnbèi hǎo le ma?
Will you buy fruits?
你 要 买 水果 吗?
Nǐ yào mǎi shuǐguǒ 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?
Do you have friends in China?
你 在 中国 有 没有 朋友?
Nǐ zài Zhōngguó yǒumeiyou péngyǒu?
Do you have Chinese friends?
你 有 没有 中国 朋友?
<Nǐ yǒu-mei-you Zhōngguó péngyǒu?>

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 are you looking for?
你 找 谁?
<Nǐ zhǎo shéi?>

 

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