Grammar – Questions with 吗

Description:
An interrogative sentence is formed by adding the modal particle “吗 ma” at the end of a declarative sentence.
The sentence pattern is :
Declarative sentence + “吗”
Examples:
Declarative sentence: 他是老师。 He is a teacher.
Interrogative sentence: 他是老师吗? Is he a teacher?
tā shì lǎo shī ma?
Declarative sentence: 我身体很好。 I am healthy.
Interrogative sentence: 你身体好吗? How is your health?
nǐ shēn tǐ hǎo ma ?
Exercise:
Try to turn the following declarative sentences into the questions with “吗”, and write the meaning of the sentences in English as well:
1. 他知道。
2. 吃过饭了。
3. 他会在家。
4. 大家都到了。
5. 我很累。
* Note:
– You can post your anwsers in the comment section.
– To write Chinese charaters, click here or you can install Google Chinese IME.
– If you have forgotten the character “吗”, click here.
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33 thoughts on “Grammar – Questions with 吗”

    1. Hi Konstantin,

      2. I have had my meal. / I have eaten.
      3. He will be at home.
      4. Everyone is here. / Everyone has arrived.

      Good try. Happy learning.

  1. 1) 他知道吗? Does he know smth?
    2) 你吃过饭了吗? Have you had a meal?
    3) …….
    4) 大家都到了吗? Have the authorities arrived?
    5) 你很累吗? Are you very tired?

  2. 1. 他知道。 he knows –> 他知道吗? does he know
    2. 吃过饭了。 ate meal (who ate?) –> 吃过饭了吗? has ?? had a meal?
    3. 他会在家。 he may be home –> 他会在家吗? is he likely to be home?
    4. 大家都到了。 everyone has arrived –> 大家都到了吗? has everyone arrived?
    5. 我很累 I’m very tired –> 我很累吗? am I very tired?

    Question: can I add ‘吗?’ after ‘了” ?

    1. Hi FloridaPolyglot,

      The last sentence should be : 你很累吗? (Are you very tired?)
      Yes. You can add ‘吗?’ after ‘了’。

  3. 你好 Min Min:

    Can you tell me who is the subject in “吃过饭了。 (ate meal)”?

    Thanks / 谢谢

    1. Hi FloridaPolyglot,
      “吃过饭了吗?” is same as “你吃过饭了吗?”
      To answer, “我吃过饭了。”
      So the subject is “I”. In conversation, sometimes we will omit the pronounce/subject, just like English.

          1. so you can put two characters together that have two different meanings , to create a new word with a totally different meaning”

            here is the second-
            吃过饭了吗= Did you have a meal?

  4. 你身体好吗?

    I’m new to Chinese and just want to say, Thank you very much for sharing and caring 🙂 At first, I looked this interrogative statement and translated the Chinese characters word by word and came up with my own translation:

    “How good is your body?”

    Is this still right? Though in my context, it’s different. If that make sense?

      1. ni hao… i am learning chinese here from two months. my hanzi is good but my grammar is not good.. if there is any lesson for begineers grammar help me min min .

      2. min min can you give a conversation between two friends in a topic:给朋友过生日.
        正确的语法和初学者字。20句对话。1friend=10sentence…..i hope for your help.

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