VIII. Other question forms of shì ... deconstruction

 

Alternate questions use the following pattern:

 

1. Subject + shì ... ... de hái shì ... ... de?       

    Subject + ... ... 还是   ... ... ?

 

shì zǒu lái de háishì zuò chē lái de. 

你是走路来的还是坐车来的?

Did you come on foot or by bus?

 

2. Subject + shì ... ... Verb de Object hái shì ... ... Verb de Object?

    Subject + ... ... Verb Object   还是  ... ... Verb Object?

 

shì zài Měiguó xué de Yīngwén háishì zài Yīngguó  xué de Yīngwén. 

你是在美国学的英文还是在英国学的英文?

Was it in America or England where you studied English?

 

 

Ba questions: Put ba at the end of the sentence.

 

Nǐmen shì zài Běijīng rènshi de ba? 

你们是在北京认识的吧?

You met in Beijing, did you not?