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Mini-Test Answer: A (Beginner)

Jun. 19, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The right answer for this test is A.

Translation:

Míngtiān shì Duānwǔjié, wǒmen yíhuìr qù mǎi zòngzi, zěnmeyàng?
Lily: 明天       是    端午节,     我们  一会儿 去 买    粽子, 怎么样?

Tomorrow is the Dragon Boat Festival. How about we buy some rice dumplings?

Hǎo a.
Lucy: 好   啊。

OK.

Analysis:

The question pronoun “怎么样 (zěnmeyàng)” in the above sentence means “how about…” and is used to ask for opinions. The sentence structure is “do+something+怎么样.”

For example,

Wǒmen wǎnshang qù kàn diànyǐng zěnmeyàng?
Bella: 我们     晚上           去 看     电影        怎么样?

How about watching a movie this evening?

Méi wèntí.
Mike: 没   问题。

No problem.

In spoken Chinese, the verb “do” in the sentence structure can be omitted.

For example,

Míngtiān wǒ nǚ péngyou shēngrì, nǐ shuō wǒ sòng shénme hǎo ne?
Tom: 明天        我 女   朋友        生日,你   说   我   送      什么     好   呢?

Tomorrow is my girlfriend’s birthday. What should I get for her?

Xiàngliàn zěnmeyàng?
Jack: 项链           怎么样?

How about a necklace?

Hǎo zhǔyi.
Tom: 好    主意。

Hey, good idea.

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