City University of Hong Kong CLASS CLASS
Making Sense of Grammar
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asked May 8, 2020 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by hhlhhl930 (160 points) | 101 views

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Only use ma(嗎) for yes-no questionsand not wh-questions(questions that ask what, why, when, where, who, and how).

  1. 這是水嗎? (Is this water?)
  2. 這是什麼? (What is this?)

Question 1 is a yes-no question, since it asks the hearer to answer yes or no to whether this is water. Question 2, on the other hand, is a wh-question, since it asks whatthis is, and therefore cannot come with ma(嗎).

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