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

Did you buy it? (was it bought by you?)
是 你 买 的 吗?
Shì nǐ mǎi de ma?
Are you going as well?
你 也 要 去 吗?
Nǐ yě yào qù ma?
Did (you) bring passport?
护照 带 了 吗?
Hùzhào dài le ma?
I have bought two, do you want one?
我 买 了 两个,你 要 一个 吗?
Wǒ mǎile liǎng gè, nǐ yào yīge 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 there a bathroom here?
这里 有 没有 洗手间?
Zhè li yǒu méiyǒu xǐshǒujiān?
Do you have friends in China?
你 在 中国 有 没有 朋友?
Nǐ zài Zhōngguó yǒumeiyou péngyǒu?
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

COMPLETE LIST OF QUESTION WORDS HERE

 

EXAMPLES

What do you want?
你 要 什么?
<Nǐ yào shénme?>
Who are you looking for?
你 找 谁?
<Nǐ zhǎo shéi?>
What meat will you eat?
你 要 吃 什么 肉?
Nǐ yào chī shénme ròu?