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

Are you ready?
你 准备 好 了 吗?
Nǐ zhǔnbèi hǎo le ma?
Is he in China?
他 在 中国 吗?
Tā zài Zhōngguó ma?
Have you received (it)?
你 收到 了 吗?
Nǐ shōudào le ma?
Is this yours?
这个 是 你的 吗?
<Zhège shì nǐde 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

Do you have Chinese friends?
你 有 没有 中国 朋友?
<Nǐ yǒu-mei-you Zhōngguó péngyǒu?>
Is he Chinese?
他 是 不是 中国人?
<Tā shì-bu-shi Zhōngguórén?>
Do you have friends in China?
你 在 中国 有 没有 朋友?
Nǐ zài Zhōngguó yǒumeiyou péngyǒu?

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 wants this?
谁 要 这个?
Shéi yào zhège?
Who will pick the dishes?
谁 来 点 菜?
Shéi lái diǎn cài?