Point of grammar
Thread poster: R. A. Stegemann

R. A. Stegemann
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Aug 11, 2003

A person thinks the following:

他想:「天氣是不是好?」

In good Cantonese I would have thought the following:

他想:「天氣好不好?」

Do both expressions mean the same? Are they equally good substitutes? Is the former Mandarin and the second Cantonese?


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liberation  Identity Verified
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No matter what I do, I cannot "see" your Chinese. Please re-input. Aug 11, 2003

Hamo wrote:

A person thinks the following:

他想:「天?不是好??

In good Cantonese I would have thought the following:

他想:「天?不好???

Do both expressions mean the same? Are they equally good substitutes? Is the former Mandarin and the second Cantonese?


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Golden View  Identity Verified
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二者的意思一样 Aug 11, 2003

Same meaning, but the latter expression is obviously better.
As you may know, in Cantonese, they speak 好唔好 instead of 好不好.

Hamo wrote:

A person thinks the following:

他想:「天氣是不是好?」

In good Cantonese I would have thought the following:

他想:「天氣好不好?」

Do both expressions mean the same? Are they equally good substitutes? Is the former Mandarin and the second Cantonese?


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Kevin Yang  Identity Verified
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Hamo is using Unicode (UTF-8) for his Chinese sentences Aug 11, 2003

Bruce Humes wrote:

No matter what I do, I cannot "see" your Chinese. Please re-input.


Bruce,

Hamo is using Unicode (UTF-8 )for his Chinese sentences.

Kevin

[Edited at 2003-08-11 08:24]


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leolee
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第一句有点别扭。 Aug 11, 2003

“天气是不是好?”这句话语法是对的,但语气很难模拟,很难找到合适的场合来说。

稍作改动,“天气是不是很好?”就自然多了。


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kin
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ぱ估? Aug 15, 2003

ぱ? is OK.

But Hong Kong people simply say:

ぱ估? or
ぱ估? or even
ぱゼ? It depends on the context.

After all, we use fewer words. We are minimalists.


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