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Asking Questions

You will learn how to ask questions with the words what, why, when, and where.

Intonation

When asking a question that demands a yes or no answer in Hindi, the tone at the end of the sentence is raised, just as in English. Here are some basic question words.

whatक्या
whereकहाँ
whenकब
whyक्यों
whoकौन

To ask a question that demands a yes or no answer, add क्या to the beginning of a declarative sentence. In informal settings, it can also be added at the end of the sentence or even omitted, but never in the middle. Consider the question, Do you speak English? First say, You speak English. - आप अंग्रेज़ी बोलते हैं। Then add क्या to the beginning to make it into a yes/no question.

Do you speak English? - क्या आप अंग्रेज़ी बोलते हैं?

You could also say it without क्या as long as you raise your tone at the end.

When asking questions that don't have a yes or no answer, the question word should come just before verb. If the verb is negated, then the question word comes before नहीं. Suppose we want to ask, When is Diwali? First lets say, Diwali is. - दिवाली है। Now insert कब just before the verb.

When is Divali? - दिवाली कब है?

Vocabulary

to sleepसोनाto comeआना
to eatखानाcricketक्रिकेट m.
foodखाना m.breakfastनाश्ता m.
sirजीyesहाँ
yes sirजी हाँ, हाँ जीno sirजी नहीं
to playखेलनाnoनहीं

Examples

Do you play cricket? - No sir.
क्या आप क्रिकेट खेलते हैं? - जी नहीं।

Do you eat food? - Yes sir.
क्या आप खाना खाते हैं? - हाँ जी।

What is this?
यह क्या है?

What is that?
वह क्या है?

I don't play football.
मैं फूटबाल नहीं खेलता हूँ।

He (far) does not eat breakfast.
वह नाश्ता नहीं खाता।

She (near) eats breakfast.
यह नाश्ता खाती है।

Who are you?
आप कौन हैं?

Why don't you sleep?
तुम क्यों नहीं सोते हो?

Where is the Taj Mahal?
ताज महल कहाँ है?

When do you eat breakfast?
आप नाश्ता कब खाते हैं?

Do you eat cake?
क्या आप केक खाते हो?

We don't play tennis.
हम टैनिस नहीं खेलते हैं।