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 it?
是 吗?
Shì ma?
Are you ready?
你 准备 好 了 吗?
Nǐ zhǔnbèi hǎo le ma?
Is the teacher in the classroom yet?
老师 已经 在 教室 吗?
Lǎoshī yǐjīng zài jiàoshì ma?
Is it possible to smoke here?
这里 可以 抽烟 吗?
Zhèli kěyǐ chōuyān 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.
Do you have a coke?
你 有 没有 可乐?
Nǐ yǒumeiyou kělè?
Is he Chinese?
他 是 不是 中国人?
<Tā shì-bu-shi Zhōngguórén?>

3. USING A QUESTION WORD

 

For instance: 什么 /shénme/ WHAT 

/shéi/ WHO

EXAMPLES

Who are you looking for?
你 找 谁?
<Nǐ zhǎo shéi?>
Who's clothes is this?
这 是 谁 的 衣服?
Zhè shì shéi de yīfu?
What beer will you (do you want to) drink?
你 要 喝 什么 啤酒?
<Nǐ yào hē shénme píjiǔ?>