"Do you have an older brother?"


February 26, 2018

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Is there an inherent difference between 你有哥哥吗? and 你有没有哥哥? I was originally taught the second phrase as being more acceptable (while synonymous with the first phrase), but am looking for clarification.


I have told my Chinese friends the same thing they said they are the same


I was also taught that they were equivalent.


you can ask questions with the proper question article or by making the sentence an affirmative negative like you just said. Another example could be 你是美国不美国?Not sure if I did that right but it's what my professor taught me.


2020.5.19 I believe you meant to say



1 problem:

  • Do you have older brothers? / Do you have any older brother?

  • It's not the same as: Do you have an older brother?

It would be: 你有哥哥吗 ?or 你有一个哥哥吗?



I heard that you can also make questions by putting the verb + 没 + verb

so could i ask this question also with 你的哥哥 有没有?

//edit: order was wrong, it should be: 你有没有哥哥?"do you have a brother"

the original would be "does your brother have ..." which is nonsensical.


yes indeed but for that you take the verb to have 有 and the verb to not have 没有 and put it together to make 有没有 because those are the components to make that vocab


Could I say 你有一个哥哥吗?


The only time i personally would use (Number) + 个 would be if i am indicating 2 or more of the person or thing without the 一个 Chinese people would understand you mean 1 brother unless you specify how much you have but i assume you can keep itto add emphasis


In english it mentions "older". There is no word for older in the chinese solution, os there?


哥哥 means specifically "older brother" 弟弟 is the corresponding "younger brother"

In Chinese, you can have up to 4 siblings hahaha =P

妹妹 younger sis 姐姐 older sis

姐妹 for referring to both your sisters (older and younger) 兄弟 for referring to your brothers

This pattern repeats when referring to your uncle and aunts and cousins and all! I suggest you search for Chinese family tree diagrams online, it's quite complicated! But don't stress too much about it, your loved one will surely teach you all about it before a family gathering!


Gege already implies that it is an older brother


Gege is literally older brother. Didi is younger brother

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