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?>
Did you buy it? (was it bought by you?)
是 你 买 的 吗?
Shì nǐ mǎi de ma?
Are you coming as well?
你 也 要 来 吗?
Nǐ yě yào lái ma?
Is it possible to change money here?
这里 可以 换 钱 吗?
Zhèli kěyǐ huàn qián 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

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.
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?
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 meat will you eat? What meat do you want to eat?
你 要 吃 什么 肉?
Nǐ yào chī shénme ròu?
What beer will you (do you want to) drink?
你 要 喝 什么 啤酒?
<Nǐ yào hē shénme píjiǔ?>
Who's clothes is this?
这 是 谁 的 衣服?
Zhè shì shéi de yīfu?