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Question words

Simplified Chinese Version



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.



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 thoughts on “Question words

  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.

    1. Hi Li Cheng,
      Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, that was my mistake. I fixed it and updated the correct one. 🙂

  2. I really enjoy your work. But I want to point out that weekend in traditional characters should be 週末。 Thanks!

    1. Hi I-Ling,

      Thank you so much for making the infographic better! We will fix that soon!

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