"Are you all students?"


October 30, 2018



couldn't it also be correct to omit the verb? "ta men xue shen ma?"

October 30, 2018


Recall that omitting 的 holds when either a close relationship between multiple people or school/work relationship (i.e. institution) is involved.

The sentence then becomes "Are they their students?" since 你们学生 can also suggest ownership of objects. So to avoid ambiguity, either a verb or the connector (的) should be included.

As a side note, the more correct translation to the original sentence is


since the question is in yes-or-no format, and since 都 is included to avoid any ambiguity of specification.

October 31, 2018


If you are asking whether you can omit 是, the answer is no.
You are probably thinking about the case of adjectives where there is no verb. That doesn't work when you equate a noun to another.

November 6, 2018


I thing there should be 都 in the phrase

March 19, 2019


I used the male form and the correct answer is female but there is no indication in the question of female or male...

November 3, 2018


Technically the male form is used when gender is unknown or not important (like when referencing a group). You should be correct but I guess duo hasn't fixed the problem yet.

February 4, 2019
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