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How to use 能…吗 in a rhetorical question

Today we will learn how to use 能...吗 in a rhetorical question with its positive form meaning the negative and the negative form meaning the positive

Language points

能…吗 is used in a rhetorical question in Chinese, with its positive form meaning the negative and the negative form meaning the positive

For example:

“能出去玩儿吗?不能。”

“能不累吗?累。”

“能 + positive form + 吗?”means negative

“能 + negative form + 吗?”means positive

Dialogue 4

周太太:你看,我这么胖,怎么办呢?

周明:你每天晚上吃了饭就睡觉,也不出去走走,能不胖吗?

周太太:其实我每天都运动。

周明: 但是你一点儿也没瘦!你做什么运动了?

周太太: 做饭啊。

Let’s see if you can answer the following questions in Chinese:

周明觉得周太太胖吗?

周明觉得周太太为什么胖?

Can you retell the dialogue 你能用自己的话说一遍对话吗?

周太太觉得自己很胖,周明认为太太每天晚上吃了饭就睡觉,也不运动,所以一点儿也没瘦。周太太觉得自己每天的运动是做饭。

Homework

请你写一写“我的周末”。What do you do at weekends?

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