Mandarin Chinese (#16B)

There are two ways to ask questions in Chinese. The first involves adding the question word ( 吗 : ma) at the end of a declarative statement (e.g. You would like to eat dinner, yes or no?), whereas the second involves using the positive/negative forms of the verb together (e.g. You would like, would not like, to eat dinner = Would you like to eat dinner?), which so far has tended to be my preference. Below I ask the same question in two different ways, before answering it.



[Question word]: Is this for me?

[Positive/negative]: Is this for me?

Yes, that is for you.

Thank you.

Don't mention it.