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Chinese Question Particles: Ne and Ma Quiz

Chinese Question Particles: Ne and Ma Quiz

 

 

Chinese Question Particles: Ne and Ma Quiz Answer

 

 

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A-not-A Question Grammar

One common way to form a “yes or no” question sentence in Chinese is to use a verb (or adjective) plus its negative form. It is similar to when we say “Do you like this or not?” in English.  

There are 5 different A-not-A Question forms,

  1. Verb + 不 + Verb

One of the most common A-not-A question forms. Simply repeat the ONE word verb twice and place a “不” in between.

For example,

是不是?

买不买?

来不来?

去不去?

 

2. Subj. + Verb + 不 + Verb + Obj.

If you would like to form a complete sentence, add the subject in the beginning and the object after A-not-A part.

For example,

你是不是王朋?

他去不去上班?

 

3. Adj. + 不 + Adj.

Another common form. Simply repeat the ONE word adjective twice and place a “不” in between.

For example,

难不难?

冷不冷?

累不累?

贵不贵?

 

4. Two-Character Verbs and Adjectives

Sometimes the verb or the adjective you would like to use is “two characters,”

like 喜欢, 漂亮. In this case, we usually put “不” after just the first character

and then put the two characters after that.

There is nothing wrong with putting the whole verb/adjective first and then repeat after 不.

(喜欢不喜欢 vs. 喜不喜欢) It is more common to use the abbreviated way.

For example,

喜不喜欢?

漂不漂亮?

好不好吃?

高不高兴?

 

5. Special case “有” with “没”

The word “有” is always negated with “没” (not “不”). So when you form a question sentence with “有”, use “有没有.”

For example,

他有没有女朋友?

你学校有没有中文课?

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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HSK 1 Vocabulary (Part 3)

We’ve started making HSK vocabulary infographics!

In this HSK 1 Vocabulary (Part 3) infographic, we’ve included 30+ HSK 1 vocabulary, organized in 3 groups.

The first group is “numbers” from zero to ten. These are 零 líng zero, 一 yī one, 二 èr two, 三 sān three, 四 sì four, 五 wǔ five, 六 liù six, 七 qī seven, 八 bā eight, 九 jiǔ nine and 十 shí ten.

The second group is vocabulary about “time,” including 年 nián year, 月 yuè month, 日 rì day, 星期 xīngqí week, 下午 xiàwǔ afternoon, 上午 shàngwǔ late morning, 中午 zhōngwǔ noon, 点 diǎn o’clock, 分 fēn minute, 昨天 zuótiān yesterday, 今天 jīntiān today, 明天 míngtiān tomorrow, 时候 shíhou time/moment and 现在 xiànzài now.

The last group is vocabulary about “question words,” including 哪(哪儿) nǎ(nǎ r) where, 怎么样 zěnmeyàng how about, 谁 shéi who, 几 jǐ a few, how many, 多少 duōshǎo how many/how much, 什么 shénme what and 怎么 zěnme how.

As we were making this infographic, we realized that there are many ways to organize the vocabulary. We’ve decided to arrange them in groups as a memory aid.

We plan to make more HSK vocabulary infographics. So let us know if you think the infographics can help you. Feel free to share any ideas for improvement.

 

 

HSK 1 Infographic Series

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

 

HSK 1 Vocabulary Quiz Series

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6 Coming soon…

 

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Chinese Question Particles: Ne and Ma

Simplified Chinese Version

 

For beginners, Ne and Ma probably are the first two question particles they will learn.

For “呢 ne”, we call it “bounce back questions.” This means that “呢” is used in a question responding to another question.

For “吗 ma”, we call it “yes/no questions.” This means that the “吗” question will be used when the answer is yes or no.

We also have several examples for each particle. Since “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” are quite different, most students are not easily confused by the two. However, lots of practice is still necessary. As a teacher, you can have students practice in pairs with conversing with these question two particles.

 

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

Can-do checklist:

⃞    I understand when to use the question particle “呢 ne.”

⃞    I understand when to use the question particle “吗 ma.”

⃞    I can use both “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” correctly in sentences.

⃞    I can orally answer both “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” questions correctly in conversation.

⃞    I can answer both “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” questions correctly in written form.

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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