City University of Hong Kong CLASS CLASS
Making Sense of Grammar
0 like 0 dislike
127 views
asked Dec 16, 2020 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by Ariel (34,480 points) | 127 views

1 Answer

0 like 0 dislike

Affirmative-negative questions are often used to introduce a rhetorical tone, particularly when introduced by phrases like 你说 nǐ shuō (lit. ‘What do you say to that?’):

你说这件事怪不怪?

Nǐ shuō zhè jiàn shì guài bú guài ?

Don’t you think this is strange?

你说她这个人厉害不厉害?

Nǐ shuō tā zhè gè rén lì hài bú lì hài ?

She is really tough/formidable, isn’t she?/ Don’t you think she is really tough /formidable?

你说这种工作难不难?

Nǐ shuō zhè zhǒng gōng zuò nán bú nán ?

This is a difficult job, isn’t it?/Don’t you think this is a difficult job?

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.

answered Dec 16, 2020 by Ariel (34,480 points)

1,634 questions

1,883 answers

85 comments

77,225 users

1,634 questions
1,883 answers
85 comments
77,225 users