Learn Chinese Grammar Lesson 2


This is the second of five free lessons about Chinese language grammar.

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Another way to form an interrogative sentence is by juxtaposing the verb or adjective of the predicate and its negative form.

This kind of question is called affirmative-negative question, or alternative question.

For example:


You love her.

àitā.
她。
youloveher

The predicate of that sentence and its negative form are as follows:


Predicate:

ài
love


Negative form of the predicate:

ài
notlove

So, let's now place side by side the predicate and its negative form:


Do you love her?

àiàitā?
她?
youlovenotloveher


ATTENTION: This is wrong!

你爱不爱她吗?
(nǐ ài bú ài tā ma?)

You cannot use both (ma) and the affirmative-negative structure!


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