Interrogative sentences in Chinese are primarily used to ask questions, seek information, and clarify doubts. They can be categorized into various types based on their structure and the kind of response they seek.
For example, when asking for specific information, the question involve interrogative pronouns like “什么 (shénme)” for “what,” “谁 (shéi)” for “who,” “哪里 (nǎlǐ)” for “where,” etc.; when presenting two or more options to choose from, often using “还是 (háishì)” which means “or.” The formation and use of interrogative sentences in Chinese are deeply influenced by the context, tone, and the relationship between the speakers.
Mastering Chinese interrogative sentences is not just about understanding grammar; it’s about immersing yourself in a different way of thinking and communicating.