Questions tagged [yes-no-questions]

Use this tag for yes or no questions, questions that could be only answers with yes or no. The answers will also contain details of why the answer is yes or no.

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Correcting a false negative answer to a 是不是 question

I am having trouble translating the following situation to Mandarin: Shown an image a person is asked: "Is this an apple or not?"/"是不是苹果?" and for whichever reason they reply: "It is not."/"不是。 " ...
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Is it possible to ask a question with just a single noun?

In informal English, you can ask a question like, "Tea?" as a shorthand for "Would you like some (more) tea?" I was wondering if the same can be achieved in (informal) Chinese? Something along the ...
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The difference between 你不知道吗?/你知道吗?/不知道吗?/知道吗?

1. 明天会下雪,你不知道吗? 2. 明天会下雪,你知道吗? 3. 明天会下雪,不知道吗? 4. 明天会下雪,知道吗? What are the possible pragmatic/semantic differences between these four questions?
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Proper use of 吧 in questions

I am trying to better understand the use of 吧 in a sentence where I am asking a question. For example, could the particle be used in the following way: 这是你的咖啡吧? My understanding is that the particle ...
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What do you think about this introduction to answering Yes/No questions?

I have found a lot of information about asking questions but very little about answering them. I want to create a rule to help learners answer affirmative/negative questions in Chinese. Presently I ...
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Difference between 是不是喝酒了? and 喝酒了没有?

What is the difference between 是不是吃了蛋糕? and 吃蛋糕了没有? or 是不是喝酒了? and 喝酒了没有?
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Connotation of 吗 questions vs. affirmative/negative questions

Is there any difference in connotation/region/modernity/etc. between questions ending in 吗 and affirmative/negative questions? For example, does: 你很累吗? connote something different than: 你累不累? And ...
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Answering yes/no questions

I was a bit surprised at first when I discovered that Chinese doesn't have single words or expressions for "yes" or "no", and that instead we must use the verb from the question to either confirm or ...