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Making Sense of Grammar
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Without a specifi c context, this type of question is used to elicit a yes-or-no answer.

张:你是老师吗?

Zhāng :Nǐ shì lǎo shī ma ?

Zhang: Are you a teacher?

王:我不是老师,是学生。

Wáng:Wǒ bú shì lǎo shī ,shì xué shēng 。

Wang: I am not a teacher; I am a student.

老师:你们有问题吗?

Lǎo shī :Nǐ men yǒu wèn tí ma ?

Teacher: Do you (plural) have questions?

丁:我有。

Dīng :Wǒ yǒu 。

Ding: I do.

李:我没有。

Lǐ :Wǒ méi yǒu 。

Li: I don’t.

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

[2] Teng, W. H. (2016). Yufa! A practical guide to Mandarin Chinese grammar. Taylor & Francis.

answered Feb 2 by Ariel (17,790 points)

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