Learn Chinese Grammar Lesson 5

Ask Questions 5

In this lesson you are going to learn how to use the following very common interrogative words.


shiWho
什么shn meWhat
哪里nǎ liWhere
How many (used to ask about an estimated number smaller than 10)

An interrogative word may be used to raise a question and is placed where the answer is expected. Therefore, the word order of the answer is the same as that of the question, with the interrogative word being replaced by the corresponding answer. Let's see some examples:


Question 1:
shishlǎoshī? 
老师?
whoisteacher   
Answer 1:
mǎlshlǎoshī.  
老师。
Maryisteacher   
Question 2:
shshi
sheiswho    
Answer 2:
shwǒmāma.  
我妈妈
sheismy mother     

Please note that the word order is the same in both answers and questions. The interrogative word has been replaced in the same position by the answers "Mary" and "my mother".


Question 3:
chīshnme?  
什么
youeatwhat    
Answer 3:
chīpngguǒ.   
苹果
Ieatapples     
Question 4:
qnǎli?  
哪里
yougowhere     
Answer 4:
qběijīng.  
北京
IgoBeijing     
Question 5:
hizisu?  
孩子岁?
yourchildhow manyyears old    
Answer 5:
hizisu.  
孩子岁。
mychildfiveyears old    

WearYourChineseName -
Shanghai, China
Copyright © 2001-2016 All Rights Reserved.