呢 Used in Questions

We have learned how to form a question using particle word “吗”. Now, we will learn another one: “呢 ne”. In Chinese, “呢” can form questions in two ways.

At the end of an abbreviated question, which usually follows the statement just made. Because the preceding sentence has already set the scene for the question, the question is abbreviated. Structure: Statement + Question

tā xǐhuān yóuyǒnɡ, nǐne?

她 喜欢 游泳,你呢?

She likes swimming. What about you?

wǒ méi qùɡuò běijīnɡ, nǐne?

我 没 去过 北京,你呢?

I have never been to Beijing. What about you?

xī’ān de tiānqì hěnrè, niǔyuē ne?

西安 的 天气 很热,纽约呢?

It’s very hot in Xi’an. What about New York?

“呢” can be used at the end of a sentence containing a Question Word, giving the effect of curiosity, doubt or complaint.

dàjiā dōu chūqù wánle, nǐ wèishénme búqù ne?

大家 都 出去 玩了,你 为什么 不去 呢?

Everyone has gone out for fun. Why didn’t you go?

nǐ zěnme nénɡ bùzhīdào tāde mínɡzi ne?

你 怎么 能 不知道 她的名字 呢?

How come you don’t know her name?

nǐ wèishénme zǒnɡshì chídào ne?

你 为什么 总是 迟到 呢?

Why are you always late?

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