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What is the general pattern for asking questions of the form

Is it because ...?

My most naïve guess would be

是为什么。。。?

  • You could say 是因为。。。吗 – songyuanyao Dec 4 '16 at 8:13
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In fact this is a sentence that enhances the reason why……? And now you can reguard it in English, something like:

It's because I saved a sick man that I was late for school……

To translate this into Chinese directly, this means:是因为AA,所以导致BB的后果。

(Change this to English in question:Is it because you saved a sick man that you were late for school?)

To translate this into Chinese directly, this means:是因为AA才导致BB吗?

In Chinese, we always ignore something according to the actual context, and such statement as this always happens when a teacher see that you are late for school, and maybe the student will make a dialog like this:

Teacher: Why are you late for school?

Student: It's beause I saved a sick man (that I was late for school).

Teacher: Really?Is it because you saved a sick man (that you were late for school)?

是真的吗?是因为你救了一个病人(以至于你上学迟到了?)

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