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Making Sense of Grammar
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When the person asking the question expects the answer to be ‘no’, 吗 is used at the end of a negative statement to make it a negative question.

(Situation: Seeing Wang refusing to eat spinach, Li has the impression that Wang does not like spinach.)

李:你不喜欢吃菠菜吗?

Lǐ :Nǐ bú xǐ huān chī bō cài ma ?

Li: You don’t like spinach?

王:(对,)(我)不喜欢。

Wáng :(duì,)(wǒ)bú xǐ huān 。

Wang: (That’s right,) I don’t like it.

[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 (34,480 points)

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