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?
Will you buy fruits?
你 要 买 水果 吗?
Nǐ yào mǎi shuǐguǒ ma?
Is the place that we go to far?
我们 去 的 地方 远 吗?
Wǒmen qù de dìfāng yuǎn ma?
Are you going as well?
你 也 要 去 吗?
Nǐ yě yào qù 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

Can we leave the luggages here?
我们 可 不 可以 把 行李 留 在 这里?
Wǒmen kě bù kěyǐ bǎ xínglǐ liú zài zhèli?
Is he Chinese?
他 是 不是 中国人?
<Tā shì-bu-shi Zhōngguórén?>
Is it possible to charge a battery here?
这里 可 不 可以 充电?
Zhèli kě bù kěyǐ chōngdiàn?

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?
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?