1. C 2. A 3. B
Zhè dào shùxué tí nǐ huì zuò ma?
Can you do this math problem?
(Yes-no questions with “ma”)
The particle “吗 (ma)” is a simple way to form questions in Chinese. By placing “吗 (ma)” after a statement it can be converted into a yes-no question.
Nǐ xǐhuān chī dàngāo ma?
Do you like eating cake?
Zhè dào shùxué tí zěnme zuò ne?
How do you do this math problem?
(Questions with “ne”)
The particle “呢 (ne)” can be used to ask reciprocal questions. For example, “我是中国人，你呢？(wǒ shì Zhōngguó rén, nǐ ne?) I’m Chinese. How about you?” And “呢 (ne)” can also be used to form simple questions asking “what …?” or “how …?”
Tā liǎ hézuò huì yǒu shénme yíngxiǎng ne?
What impact will it have on their cooperation?
Zhè dào shùxué tí nǐ zuò bú xiàqù le ba!
You must be stuck on this math problem!
(Softening speech with “ba”)
The particle “吧 (ba)” can be used to soften the tone of a sentence, which could make it more polite, less forceful, or express exclamations or speculations.
Wǒmēn qǐng tā chīfàn ba.
Let’s treat him to dinner.
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