Chinese Question Words

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    How to Say “How” in Chinese?

    "How" in Chinese is 怎么 Zěnme, 怎样 Zěnyàng / 怎么样 Zěnme Yàng and 如何 Rúhé. 怎么 cannot replace 怎样 / 怎么样 when you ask someone about a situation or when showing care and concern. The first three terms have a secondary meaning of "Why" and "What" in Mandarin, depending on English translations - “What to do?” and “How to Do?”

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    How to Say “Why” in Chinese?

    "Why" in Chinese has three ways to express - 为什么Wèi shén me, 为何Wèihé and 何必Hébì. The more common one frequently heard is 为什么Wèishéme. 为何 is a traditional and literary way of asking Why and more formal (for writing), so it is not used often in conversation. 何必 is heard most when consoling or advising someone and conveys more emotion.

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    How to Say “When” in Mandarin?

    When in Mandarin is 什么时候 Shénme shíhou. Another secondary word for When in Chinese is 几时 Jǐshí. Both words can replace each other. 什么时候 is more widely used and understood by everyone. 几时 is deemed to be a more formal traditional word adopted in Chinese literature. Hongkong and southern part of China uses 几时 more than the northern territory.

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    How to Say “Where” in Mandarin?

    "Where" in Chinese is 哪里 Nǎlǐ or 哪儿 Nǎr in Mandarin. As it is a locational related question, the preposition 在 Zài, means “at/in/on” in English may precede before the two terms – 在哪里 Zài Nǎlǐ and 在哪儿 Zài Nǎr. There are a few ways to ask "Where" by changing some words that go with 哪里 Nǎlǐ or 哪儿 Nǎr.

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    How to Say “Which” in Chinese?

    "Which" in Chinese 哪 | Nǎ can either be an Interrogative Pronoun or an Interrogative Determiner. It is used to ask questions specifying a person, thing or a group from a defined category. Whether you key in “na” or “nei” on Chinese Pinyin keyboard on the phone or computer, you will still get both the characters to appear.

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    How to Say “What” in Chinese?

    "What" in Chinese is more commonly known as 什么 Shénme when constructing a Chinese question. Another word is 怎么 Zěnme with limited use for "What" and mostly referred to 'How' in Chinese. Demonstrative Pronouns (this, that, these, those) or Subject Pronouns (I, he, we, they etc...) should be placed first at the start of the sentence before "What" in Chinese.

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    How to Say “Who, Whom, Whose” in Chinese?

    "Who" in Chinese - 谁 | Shuí or Shéi is one of the Chinese Interrogation words and comes in two Pinyin pronunciation. "Whom" and "Whose" also share the same word 谁 in a different placement. In another word, 谁 can be either one the followings in a sentence: ① Subject Pronoun (Who) ② Object Pronoun (Whom) ③ Possessive Pronoun/Adjective (Whose)

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