III. Circumstantial elements that the shì ... de construction highlights.

 

3. Focusing on manner

 

3.1 Company

 

3.1.1 shì gēn shéi de? 

他是跟谁去的?

With whom did he go?

 

3.1.2  shì gēn mèimei de. 

他是跟他妹妹去的。

He went with his younger sister. /It was with his younger sister that he went.

 

Sentence 3.1.2 could also be an answer to the following questions.

 

3.1.3 shì gēn mèimei de ma? 

他是跟他妹妹去的吗?

Was it with his younger sister that he went?

 

3.1.4  shì shì gēn mèimei de? 

他是不是跟他妹妹去的?

Was it with his younger sister that he went?

 

3.1.5  shì shì zìjǐ de? 

他是不是自己去的?

Did he go alone?