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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

Are they also Europeans?
他们 也 是 欧洲人 吗?
<Tāmen yě shì Ōuzhōurén ma?>
Did (you) bring passport?
护照 带 了 吗?
Hùzhào dài le ma?
Are you coming as well?
你 也 要 来 吗?
Nǐ yě yào lái ma?
Did you buy it? (was it bought by you?)
是 你 买 的 吗?
Shì nǐ mǎi de 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?>
Is there a bathroom here?
这里 有 没有 洗手间?
Zhè li yǒu méiyǒu xǐshǒujiān?

3. USING A QUESTION WORD

 

For instance: 什么 /shénme/ WHAT 

/shéi/ WHO

EXAMPLES

What beer do you have?
你 有 什么 啤酒?
Nǐ yǒu shénme píjiǔ?
Who's clothes is this?
这 是 谁 的 衣服?
Zhè shì shéi de yīfu?
Who is your teacher?
你的 老师 是 谁?
Nǐ de lǎoshī shì shéi?

 

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