How do you ask a question in Chinese? In the previous lesson, we learn to use the word ma1 (吗). In this lesson, Yang Yang teaches you ask a question in another way.
This is another interesting grammar lesson on learning Mandarin.
The ways to ask questions in Chinese can be quite different from English.
In the last lesson, Yangyang teaches you to use a question word ma1 (吗) to convert a statement in Chinese into English. This is a very easy way to ask a question in the language.
There is another very common way of asking the question. Bear in mind that you cannot mix what you have learned in the last lesson to this one. If you are using the way to ask questions in Chinese in this lesson, then you should completely exclude the use of the question word ma1 (吗).
It is pretty mouthful if you were to do it with a translation. In Mandarin, nevertheless, it is very clear cut.
This is an example.
If you’re asking someone ‘do you love me?’ in Chinese, the sentence can be translated as ‘ni3 ai4bu2ai4wo3?’. It literally mean ‘ you love or do not love me?’. Sounds a little awkward, isn’t it? But this is one of the most common ways that questions our asked.
Similarly, if you are asking someone whether you have money, you would ask, ‘Do you have or do not have money?’
Watch the video of Yangyang to find out more. It is very interesting.
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