Ever needed help in something? Ever wanted to know about something? Ever asked anyone anything?
In that case, you would have asked a question.
You only need to add one word to make a question
Now, in English, you usually begin a question with openings like “Have you”, “Did you”, “Can you” and “Will you”. These come from the beginning of sentences – “You have”, “You did”, “You can”, “You will” – but with the subject and the verb switched around.
In Chinese, however, forming simple yes-no questions is a comparatively easy affair:
All you need to do as add “吗” (ma) to the end of the sentence, without changing anything else.
他喜欢打篮球。(tā xǐ huān dǎ lán qiú) He likes to play basketball.
→ 他喜欢打篮球吗?(tā xǐ huān dǎ lán qiú ma?) Does he like to play basketball?
Here are some more examples:
One of the most important topics to talk about is food. He’s how to say are you hungry in Chinese.
饿吗 (è ma)
Are you hungry?
Home is where the heart is, and often times your heart wants to go home and sleep.
你要回家 (nǐ yào huí jiā)
You have to go home.
你要回家吗？(nǐ yào huí jiā ma)
Do you have to go home?
And for when you need to borrow money from someone:
他有钱 (tā yǒu qián )
He has money.
他有钱吗？(tā yǒu qián ma)
Does he have money?
From these examples, you can see that even when asking simple questions in English you have to change forms of words. In Chinese, you add one word to the end of the statement to get a yes or no question.
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