Decoded Slug: 吗 (ma) - Question particle for yes/no questions

Mandarin Grammar Point
吗 (ma) - Question particle for yes/no questions

吗 (ma) - Question particle for yes/no questions

Short explanation:

Used to turn statements into yes/no questions.

Formation:

Statement + 吗?

Examples:

你今天要去图书馆吗?
Nǐ jīntiān yào qù túshūguǎn ma?
Are you going to the library today?
这本书很好看吗?
Zhè běn shū hěn hǎokàn ma?
Is this book good to read?
他们是你的朋友吗?
Tāmen shì nǐ de péngyǒu ma?
Are they your friends?
我们明天要去旅行吗?
Wǒmen míngtiān yào qù lǚxíng ma?
Are we going on a trip tomorrow?

Long explanation:

'吗 (ma)' is a question particle in Mandarin Chinese that is used to transform declarative sentences into yes/no questions. Rather than changing the verb form or word order like in English, we simply add '吗' to the end of a statement to create a corresponding yes/no question. It's equivalent to adding 'do you...?' or 'is it...?' in English at the beginning of a statement.
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