吗 / 么

licinio

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Italian
I see the interrogative particle "ma" spelt either 吗 or 么. Is there a difference between the two?
 
  • Serafín33

    Senior Member
    I see the interrogative particle "ma" spelt either 吗 or 么. Is there a difference between the two?
    The interrogative particle "mā" that makes a statement a yes/no question can only be spelled 吗 officially in simplified Chinese. Using 么 for it is informal.

    But 么 is officially correct in the words 什么 shénme "what" and 这么 zhème "this much, this way".

    In Traditional their equivalents would be:
    吗 -
    什么 - 甚麼 or 什麼
    这么 - 這麼
     
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