"Excuse me, how many of you?"


January 4, 2018



請問, 你們幾位?

September 21, 2018


Can we just replace this question? The English is really unnatural with no context. Even with context it would be pretty unusual. If they have to use it, wouldn't "How many people?" be better?

February 7, 2018


I think I've had this said to me when I'm making a reservation or just grabbing a table at a restaurant with a wait. It only makes sense in context though.

February 24, 2018


I got this question in the restaurant lesson, so it makes sense in that context at least.

February 22, 2018


You give the potion of selecting 一下 when piecing the the sentence together. Surely "请问一下,几位?" could be accepted.

May 20, 2018


Is it just me or are the sentences sort of strange in this section? Wouldnt this be 请问几位人吗? Can measure words be used without the noun?

January 4, 2018


Using 位 implies that the sentence is about people.

吗 is only used to make statements yes-or-no questions. It doesn't have to be used when the sentence has a question word (什么,几,谁,etc.) or when the 是不是 structure is used.

January 4, 2018


Yes, that is true. You can also use 个, which is another people counter.

January 5, 2018


Although you may know, there is a difference that worth mentioning.

位 is a honorific equivalent of 個 - so they are not interchangeable, or you would have appeared rude or too formal. This sentence is typically used at the reception of a restaurant, where using 個 to refer to guests is normally not acceptable. In reverse, it is not appropriate to use 位 when you are counting people among your family and friends.

January 5, 2018
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