Asking questions with question words
Last lesson, we learnt how to ask questions by adding a question particle 吗 (ma) at the end of a statement or using 呢 (ne) to “bounce back” a question. Today, we will learn how to use specific question words to ask questions.
Using question words in a sentence
In Chinese, you do not typically need to change the word order in a sentence when asking questions. Instead, simply replace the word you want to find out with a suitable question word.
This is Sam = This is who?
Let’s learn some common question words and see some examples of how they are used in sentences!
Common question words
In order to form a question, you just need to phrase the sentence as normal, but replace the word you want to find out with a suitable question word. Here are some examples: