Question Words in Chinese

In English, when you compare a statement sentence with a question sentence,

you find that they have a different sentence order.

In Chinese, it is much simpler! You just place a question word in place of what you want to ask about. There is no need to rearrange the sentence!

In this infographic, we list the seven most common question words. These are

what 什么,

where 哪里/哪儿,

why 为什么,

when 什么时候,

which 哪 + measure word,

how 怎么

who 谁

There are two examples for each question word.

 

Question Words in Chinese Simplified Chinese Version Infographic

Question Words in Chinese Simplified Chinese Version

 

 

 

 

Use the “can-do” list to check if you learned this grammar.

Can-do checklist:

⃞    I can tell the structural difference between English and Chinese question sentences.

⃞    I can say “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” in Chinese.

⃞    I can recognize the Chinese characters for “what, where, why, when, which, how and who.”

⃞    I can write “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” in Chinese pinyin/Chinese characters.

⃞    I can recognize “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” when people speak in Chinese.

⃞    I can ask questions with “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” in Chinese.

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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4 Comments

  1. I wonder if the way you used 为什么 Why in a sentence is accurate. My understanding is that subject always goes beofore why. Please clarify, Thank you and I apprecaite your sharing.

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