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"How is he?"


November 19, 2017



他=He 怎么样=How 他怎么样?= He (is) how? Because, remember, we don't need the character 是 when were asking about an adjective. And when you form question sentences in Chinese, you're basically putting them in a statement structure, so you say "He is how?" When you're asking somebody, "你好吗?" you're not asking them about their physical wellness. Some people just say 你好 as a greeting, literally telling them that they are good. When you ask, "你好吗?" you're literally asking if the person is good. It's not an in-depth look into their life, it's not asking about their physical ailments. It's just asking if they're good. When you ask, "他怎么样," you're asking, "How is he?" As in, "How's his health/situation?" It's sort of denotes that you're asking for a more in-depth answer.


Excellent info


Thank you! Sorry I can't give ingots to to u


Thank you for info Vrag


他怎么样 was rejected, despite this EXACT translation being uses a couple of questions ago. This is absurdly irritating.


It's accepted now.


It just happened to me again!


I did the same thing but that's how Duolingo goes.. you use your best guess, which means you're thinking about it, instead of just memorizing. I do wish they explained the difference afterwards though instead of relying on the comments section.


That happens to me often too.


Please can you deconstruct the sentence?


他 - He
好 - Good
嗎(吗) - Is it (Precisely, it is an interrogative modal particle)
怎麼(怎么) - How
樣(样) - State / appearance / way


他好吗 is more along the lines of "is he okay?", or "is he good?". While you can interpret it as "how is he", it doesn't mean quite the same as 他怎么样 which means "how is he"


Why do we use 怎么样 for 他, and 好吗 for 你?


For How is he?

If we are giving regards to that person, we say


If we are actually checking that person's condition (someone sick or injured for example) we say

他怎麼樣? (他怎么样?)


Thanks. An off topic question: why do you use traditional rather than simplified characters?


In Hong Kong we use Traditional Chinese. And sometimes I am just too lazy to switch to the Simplified Chinese keyboard.


I'm not very far along with learning characters, but so far, I appreciate seeing the traditional ones with the simplified ones, as sometimes you can get the 'story' behind them more easily. Thank you!


I understand from other comments that 他好吗? is more idiomatic, but since the lesson in which it first appears teaches 怎么样 I think 他很怎么样? should also be accepted.


他好吗?and 他很怎么样?are both ideomatic, the first meaning "Is he (doing) well/fine/OK." and the second one "How is he?"
No, 他很怎么样?should not be accepted. It is not idiomatic, it translates to "He is very how?" and does not mean "How is he?"
But In a situation, where someone says 他很浪漫。and you did not understand the last word, you could say 他很 ... 什么? - "He is (very) ... what?"


I wrote "他怎麼樣", it should be right but it is not being accepted.


This question only lets me choose characters. How are you answering with traditional characters?


MadsCarlsen, you may or may not have already solved your issue. I am using a computer, and at the bottom of my screen I could switch between "word bank" and "keyboard." Then you have to download a Chinese keyboard.


他/她好吗?and 你好吗?are not commonly used by Chinese. Western people are used to ask "how are you?" but not them. If you ask them 你好吗?They will understand but feel weird about it, they only ask that if they know you are sick or something. Instead of that use 你吃饭了吗?it's weird for us but is the Chinese way to ask how are you.


As a Chinese I must make some comments. It's true we don't always say 你好吗?but it's not weird at all when used at the right time, say seeing someone who you would call a friend but not a close one after not seeing him for a while. OTOH it would be likely to sound awkward to ask someone you meet for the first time if he has eaten rice yet. Especially not at a business lunch, LOL.

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