Perhaps, Probably, Might, Maybe in Chinese with 可能 | Questions with 吧
In today's video lesson we’ll learn how to say perhaps, probably, might, maybe in Chinese with 可能, and how to ask questions with 吧 in Chinese.
- Perhaps, probably, might, maybe in Chinese with 可能
- Questions with 吧 in Chinese
- To be interested in something in Chinese: 对……感兴趣
Grammar 1: Perhaps, probably, might, maybe in Chinese with 可能
· HSK 2
可能 is a Modal Verb, suggesting having estimated possibility. And is usually translated as: maybe, perhaps, might, probably or possibly.
- zhège zhōumò wǒ kěnéng méiyǒu shíjiān
This weekend I might not have time.
- wǒde huídá kěnéng cuò le
My answer might be wrong.
And if we say 不可能, it suggests that having no possibility. For example,
- xiàozhǎng kěnéng bú rènshi nà ge nǚrén
The school principal can't not know that woman.
- nàbiān nà ge nánrén bù kěnéng shì wǒ zhàngfu
That man over there cannot be my husband.
Grammar 2: Questions with 吧 in Chinese · HSK 2
We’ve learned 吧 used as a Modal Particle before, where we can use 吧 at the end of a suggestion to soften the tone.
In today's lesson we’ll see some examples of using 吧 as a Question Particle, at the end of a sentence to ask a question.
Usually we say a statement, followed by Question Particle 吧 to ask about the listener's opinion about the statement. We are usually trying to get a confirmation.
Questions with 吧 have a tone of guessing and reckoning. It suggests that we’re not sure about what we’re saying and are just asking whether it is like that or not. So by using 吧, we’re not actually asking the question, we’re really just saying a statement but just don’t want to make it sound like we’re 100% sure about it.
The structure goes like this:
STATEMENT + 吧 ？
- nà ge nǚrén shì xiàozhǎng ba
That woman is the school principal, right?
- tā hái méi huídá wǒmen ba
He hasn't answered us yet, right?
吧 can be used together with 可能 as well. For example,
- tā kěnéng cuò le ba
He (is) probably wrong?
- nǐ kěnéng hái bù zhīdào ba
You probably don't know yet?
Grammar 3: To be interested in something in Chinese · HSK 2
We can follow the following structure to say to be interested in something in Chinese:
In today's lesson, we'll learn how Modal Verb 要 can be used before a Noun (Phrase), to suggest "to require something" or "to need something".
对 …… 感兴趣 / 对 …… 有兴趣
- tā duì hējiǔ hěn gǎn xìngqù / tā duì hējiǔhěn yǒu xìngqù
He is very interested in drinking alcohol.
- tā duì nàge nánrén bù gǎnxìngqù / tā duì nàge nánrén méiyǒu xìngqù
She is not interested in that man.