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Making Sense of Grammar
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An imperative sentence used to express a request or a suggestion is frequently followed by a tag question such as 怎么样? or 好不好?

你去邮局帮我寄封信,好不好? (Request)

Nǐ qù yóu jú bāng wǒ jì fēng xìn ,hǎo bú hǎo ?

Go to the post office and mail a letter for me, OK?

晚上你有空吗?一起去看场电影,怎么样? (Suggestion)

Wǎn shàng nǐ yǒu kōng ma ?Yī qǐ qù kàn chǎng diàn yǐng ,zěn me yàng ?

Are you free this evening? Let’s go to a movie together, how’s that?

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
answered Apr 18 by Ariel (28,250 points)

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