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?
Have you received (it)?
你 收到 了 吗?
Nǐ shōudào le ma?
Do you need anything more?
你们 还 需要 别的 东西 吗?
Nǐmen hái xūyào bié de dōngxi ma?
Are you coming as well?
你 也 要 来 吗?
Nǐ yě yào lái 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 a coke?
你 有 没有 可乐?
Nǐ yǒumeiyou kělè?
Could you give it to me a bit cheaper?
你 能 不能 给 我 便宜?
Nǐ néng bùnéng gěi wǒ piányi?

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