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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

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?
Is it?
是 吗?
Shì ma?
Is he in China?
他 在 中国 吗?
Tā zài Zhōngguó ma?
Is everything right?
一切 顺利 吗?
Yīqiè shùnlì 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 Chinese friends?
你 有 没有 中国 朋友?
<Nǐ yǒu-mei-you Zhōngguó péngyǒu?>
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

What beer do you have?
你 有 什么 啤酒?
Nǐ yǒu shénme píjiǔ?
What meat will you eat? What meat do you want to eat?
你 要 吃 什么 肉?
Nǐ yào chī shénme ròu?
Who wants this?
谁 要 这个?
Shéi yào zhège?

 

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