"Who is that person?"

Translation:那个人是谁?

November 25, 2017

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mgbianc

Can it also be said as "谁是那个人"?

November 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidi453404

In English, question words have to be placed at the beginning of the sentence. This involves changing the word order to allow this rearrangement. In Chinese, using question words is a lot simpler. You simply place a question word in the place of the thing you want to ask about. Nothing needs to be rearranged.

So if the statement is

我 是 小李 。

Wǒ shì Xiǎo Lǐ.

I am Xiao Li.

the question form - "who are you?" - has the same word order:

你 是 谁?

Nǐ shì shéi?

Who are you? (you are who?)

Hope that helps I found it at https://resources.allsetlearning.com

March 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MeganFlint2

I think its a grammar thing, kind of like how asking your name is your name is what?

December 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mishtle

Ño.

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TylerSedig

Thats using english grammar, its better to use chinese which would be 那个人是谁

March 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ChiNane

How come in 'who is your father' the order was not reversed, then?

May 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

那个= that 这个= this

Hope this helps.

who is that person= 那个人是谁 Nàgè rén shì shéi Who is this person = 这个人是谁 Zhège rén shì shéi

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AsitGanguly

Sorry it does not reply why in case of "who is your father", 'shei' comes in the beginning unlike other examples!

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

There are also many other measure words such as the measure word for

flower= 朵(measure words) Duǒ e.g. 一朵花 a flower 張 (zhāng )= 一張桌子 Yī zhāng zhuōzi e.g. a table

And many more, which just have to be learned BTW, I'm from Hong Kong

info: http://www.languagerealm.com/chinese/chinese_measure_words.php

http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Grammar%20exercises/Measure%20words.htm

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RhullyPutr

It sounds weird

June 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike371454

Can anybody say why 个 is necessary? It's not the numeral... Why can't we say 那人是谁?

January 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lee238840

个 is a measure word. It is a generic measure word. Mandarin has them commonly when you are counting something but there's more to it I think.

Eg. You don't say '四人' for 'four people' you say '四个人'

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

There are also many other measure words such as the measure word for

flower= 朵(measure words) Duǒ e.g. 一朵花 a flower 張 (zhāng )= 一張桌子 Yī zhāng zhuōzi e.g. a table

And many more, which just have to be learned BTW, I'm from Hong Kong

info: http://www.languagerealm.com/chinese/chinese_measure_words.php

http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Grammar%20exercises/Measure%20words.htm

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ava5614

As a native Chinese speaker, let me just say that "他是谁?“ sounds more natural. Doesn't it?

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

Yes you can use that as well. But obviously that is for a man (他).

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrieleDi403843

We really need some grammar tip here or rule, cause I think many if us are just guessing. They the word order is reversed compared to English? To me other similar sentences with "who" has instead the same order. Could someone please leave a comment with some explanation? Thanks in advance :)

February 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

那个= that 这个= this

Hope this helps.

who is that person= 那个人是谁 Nàgè rén shì shéi Who is this person = 这个人是谁 Zhège rén shì shéi

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/raykrause

I had the same question!

January 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

那个= that 这个= this

Hope this helps.

who is that person= 那个人是谁 Nàgè rén shì shéi Who is this person = 这个人是谁 Zhège rén shì shéi

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

那个= that 这个= this

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

There are also many other measure words such as the measure word for

flower= 朵(measure words) Duǒ e.g. 一朵花 a flower 張 (zhāng )= 一張桌子 Yī zhāng zhuōzi e.g. a table

And many more, which just have to be learned BTW, I'm from Hong Kong

info: http://www.languagerealm.com/chinese/chinese_measure_words.php

http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Grammar%20exercises/Measure%20words.htm

June 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WangDeFu1

Multiple times i have seen the app change a word in the sentence, after i click check. Like from 这 to 那。 On english answers i have seen the answer i gave changed to one that i overrode autocorrect on.

September 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PrakashJos18

What is the difference between "Na" and "Na ge"

October 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ForestJade

The spelling and the sound of the word谁 'shui' is incorrect. (its really getting on my nerves)

October 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/danyztovSP

Shei?

November 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DMd619327

All my dictionaries state that both "shui" and "shei" are correct alternative readings. I guess they may be used in different regions.

March 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AddyMoreno

So, this should literally be written "that person is who?" :/

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Victor24Prats

Can't I say 他是谁?

April 21, 2019, 5:57 PM

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    That person is who? Talking backwards like Yoda I am.

    May 27, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Toby526381

    那个= that 这个= this

    Hope this helps.

    who is that person= 那个人是谁 Nàgè rén shì shéi Who is this person = 这个人是谁 Zhège rén shì shéi

    June 25, 2018
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