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What is the different between 你 叫 什 么 ? and 你 叫 什 么 名 字 ?

What is the different between 你 叫 什 么 ? and 你 叫 什 么 名 字 ? I know the meaning are the same but why some sentence adding 什 么and some sentence do not?

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
garpike
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'You are called what?' vs. 'you are called what name?' '什么' is in both sentences as it is the question word ('what'). I'm not completely sure what you are asking.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yae1234
yae1234
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I think she meant to ask why there is sometimes 名 字 and not 什 么. Your answer is good.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emy__3
Emy__3
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They are the same meaning, but there are some differences, I explained this here, there are other comments too:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29299122

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JOKOJOKO83
JOKOJOKO83
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In English you can say: "What are you eating?" "What food are you eating?"

So "food" is optional, "what" can stand alone as well. The same here, including "mingzi" is optional, "shenme" can stand alone.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YAUHEIYEHR

there aren't really any differences except that 你 叫 什 么 ? is more casual and informal (eg . between friends , peers ) and that 你 叫 什 么 名 字 ?is used in more formal situations (eg . job interviews , school interviews)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HoiHinLEUN

Yes you are totally correct as i speak chinese

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eko-_-
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It really means the same thing but 你叫什么 is a bit more casual and ruder than 你叫什么名字。

but really both works:)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-NOPE-
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你 叫 什 么 = What are you named 你 叫 什 么 名 字 = What NAME are you named

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

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2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Keppy100

你叫什么? usually refers to your informal (ie first name) and addng “名字” refers to your formal (ie last) name. Example: 我加 John, 我的名字是 Doe.

1 month ago
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