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I know a few ways to say "more" or "in addition", and I'm wondering which to use when translating this sentence. I came across the following English sentence and its Chinese translation on tatoeba.org.

May I ask you some more questions?

我可以問你一些問題嗎?

To me, it looks like the Chinese version has slightly changed the meaning to "May I ask you some questions?" Is that right, or is the "more" somehow implied?

If I wanted to propose an alternate translation that clearly talks about "more questions", would any of these work?

  • 我可以再问你一些问题嗎?
  • 我可以問你更多問題嗎?
  • 我可以問你一些更多問題嗎?

Are there better ways to translate this?

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For May I ask you some more questions?

我可以再问你一些问题吗?

This is the way we speak.

or 我可以再问你几个问题吗?

Here 几个 doesn't mean "how many"; while it means "several". And 再 means "again". So "several again" refers to "some more".

or 可以再问你几个问题吗?

because the subject of a sentence in Chinese is not always necessary -- saying like this infers that "it's me who want to ask more questions".

or 可以再问几个问题吗?

if the conversation happens only between two people ("you" and "I").

我可以問你更多問題嗎?

This is not a wrong sentence, but we'd rather not use it.

我可以問你一些更多問題嗎?

一些 and 更多 should not be used together directly like this. This is like a sentence translated word by word with a translation software.

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I suspected that 一些 and 更多 didn't sound right together. Thanks for the detailed answer. –  Don Kirkby Feb 18 '12 at 3:17
    
Note that 再 can also mean 'again'. To say 'I want to ask you this question again', it can be differentiated by saying 我想再問一次這個問題 or 我想再問你一次. (Any native speakers care to comment?) –  Bathrobe Feb 18 '12 at 8:52
    
@Bathrobe It's OK. Note that 我想再問一次這個問題 or 我想再問你一次 infers that you are asking for the “same question” again. –  coolcfan Feb 20 '12 at 1:32
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Another approach would be to say 我还有几个问题想问你.

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And also, to say it like a native speaker, "我还有几个问题". –  coolcfan Feb 17 '12 at 8:16
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* NON NATIVE-SPEAKER DISCLAIMER *

How about something using 另外?

Like:

*我还有一些另外的问题。

我还有另外一些问题。

EDIT: Corrected following comment :D

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另外 is also OK. However, I would prefer saying 我还有另外一些问题。 另外 should be used before 一些; also, I think 另外 should be an adverb rather than an adjective. –  coolcfan Feb 17 '12 at 9:56
    
@coolcfan okay cool.. I starred my (incorrect) version and added a correct one –  trideceth12 Feb 17 '12 at 11:00
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