Yes / No Questions in Mandarin








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– it is easier than you think- no tenses, no genders, simple grammar!

– it is spoken by more than a billion people

– it will give you a huge advantage if you need to get into the Chinese job market

– it will enrich your understanding of China’s fascinating culture and history

– it will lower communication barriers between yourself and your Chinese coworkers


YES/NO Questions

Simply add to the end of the statement to turn a statement into a question that has the answer Yes or No.


他会开车吗? tā huì kāi chē ma

Can he drive?


Alternatively, you can repeat the verb (or the first verb in a phrase) in the negative form.

他会不会开车?tā huì bú huì kāi chē  

Can he drive? (She can, can’t drive?)


When the verb is yǒuthe negative form is 没有méi yǒu

你有钱吗?nǐ yǒu qián ma /你有没有钱?nǐ yǒu méi yǒu qián

 Do you have any money?


Replying to Yes/No  questions


To say yes, you can use the verb in the question or reply shì ,对duì ,没错 méi cuò .

To say no, answer with bú+verb  or 不是的bú shì de ,不对bú duì,错cuò.

Try to make your own yes/no question below (in the comments) and we’ll let you know how you did!

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