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    question about plural or singular

    Hi!
    "Are you Chinese?"
    Could you tell me the answer shoud be:
    Yes, I am.
    Yes, we are.
    or
    both are correct.
    Thanks very much!

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    Re: question about plural or singular

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hi!
    "Are you Chinese?"
    Could you tell me the answer shoud be:
    Yes, I am.
    Yes, we are.
    or
    both are correct.
    Thanks very much!
    If only one person is answering the question then the answer would be in singular and it would be "Yes, I am."

    If it is asked to a group of people, then the answer would be in plural and it would be "Yes, we are."(The group may be a family or a group of tourists etc.)

    Both are not correct but depending on the situation to whom the question is asked would the answer would be correct.


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    Re: question about plural or singular

    Hi,
    Suppose you are in front of a group of people but you want to address the question to one person only. How should I ask the question so that only the person I want answer it?
    Thanks.

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    Re: question about plural or singular

    Look towards the leader and ask "are you all chinese?"

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