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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

Do you want beer?
你 要 啤酒 吗?
<Nǐ yào píjiǔ ma?>
Is it possible to change money here?
这里 可以 换 钱 吗?
Zhèli kěyǐ huàn qián ma?
Have you received (it)?
你 收到 了 吗?
Nǐ shōudào le ma?
Are you fine?
你 好 吗?
<Nǐ hǎo 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

Is it possible to charge a battery here?
这里 可 不 可以 充电?
Zhèli kě bù kěyǐ chōngdiàn?
Is he Chinese?
他 是 不是 中国人?
<Tā shì-bu-shi Zhōngguórén?>
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

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