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ASKING A QUESTION

 

 
 
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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 the place that we go to far?
我们 去 的 地方 远 吗?
Wǒmen qù de dìfāng yuǎn ma?
I am going to the tearoom to have some tea. Will you come as well?
我 去 茶馆 喝 茶,你 也 要 去 吗?
Wǒ qù cháguǎn hē chá, nǐ yě yào qù ma?
Did (you) bring passport?
护照 带 了 吗?
Hùzhào dài le 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.
Is there a bathroom here?
这里 有 没有 洗手间?
Zhè li yǒu méiyǒu xǐshǒujiān?
Do you have a coke?
你 有 没有 可乐?
Nǐ yǒumeiyou kělè?

3. USING A QUESTION WORD

 

For instance: 什么 /shénme/ WHAT 

/shéi/ WHO

EXAMPLES

What meat will you eat? What meat do you want to eat?
你 要 吃 什么 肉?
Nǐ yào chī shénme ròu?
Who are you looking for?
你 找 谁?
<Nǐ zhǎo shéi?>
What beer will you (do you want to) drink?
你 要 喝 什么 啤酒?
<Nǐ yào hē shénme píjiǔ?>

 

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