For example if I'm going to a wedding in a few weeks, I might ask my friends "I need some wedding clothing advice" or "I need some advice about what to wear".

I know that I can directly ask 参加婚礼穿什么好?or something along those lines, but is there an indirect way to introduce the question? Like the English sentences I wrote above. How could they be naturally translated?

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    我對X不太了解,請您推薦比較好的給我。/我對X拿不定主意,您可不可以給我一點建議? – user16115 Jun 21 '18 at 20:04
  • 参加婚礼穿什么好 (呢), / 可否 / 能否 / 能不能 给我一点建议. – 賈可 Jacky Jun 22 '18 at 2:06

In [I need] [some] [advice] [about X], "about X" is an adjectival phrase for the object "advice".

As you can see, the adjectival phrase is placed after the object.


The following is a word for word transfer of English grammar into Chinese sentence:

[我需要] [一些] [建議], [關於 X (的)] - you need to add adjectival marker '的' to make '關於 X' into an adjectival phrase

But in native Chinese grammar, the adjectival phrase "關於 X (的)" should be placed before the object "建議" as below:

[我需要] [一些] [關於 X (的)] [建議]

  • "我需要一些建議, 關於 X 的." (English grammar)

  • "我需要一些關於 X 的建議." (Chinese grammar)


In Chinese, what we would naturally say is


Or even more indirectly


  • how about: 征求一下对婚礼穿着的意见 – Angus Macrae Jun 22 '18 at 8:16
  • @user2137196, 你对婚礼穿着有什么建议 sounds more natural. – dan Jun 22 '18 at 11:14
  • @user2137196 This is a more formal way of saying that. – zyy Jun 22 '18 at 23:54

Totally agree with Tang Ho

I need some advice about XXX.

I need some advice about what to wear at a friend’s wedding.

I need some wedding clothing advice.
我需要一些关于婚礼礼服的建议。(sounds a bit weird I’m told, not very colloquial)

I dunno what I should wear to a wedding.

Can you tell me what’s best to wear to a friend’s wedding?

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