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zhè gè dōng xi shì gǔ dài de nóng jù ?
phr. This object is an ancient farming tool? (with disbelief)
Discussion of 这个东西是古代的农具？/這個東西是古代的農具？
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Is this a correct form of an interrogatory sentence? I somehow miss 吗 ...
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There is no mistake in this sentence. We can form a yes or no question without using 吗.
An interrogative sentence is one used to ask a question, or a sentence uttered in the interrogative tone, with a question mark written at the end. There are many types of interrogative sentences, one of which is "yes or no question", expecting Yes or No as its answer.
Yes or no questions can be further divided into four types:
1. Questions where 吗 is in use
2. Questions uttered in interrogative tones
3. Questions using 好吗, 对吗, 可以吗... aiming to get approval
4. Questions where 吧 is in use
This sentence: 这个东西是古代的农具？ belong to number 2, "Questions uttered in interrogative tones". This type of interrogative sentences conveys a sense of disbelief or uncertainty.
This being said, we have changed the translation of this sentence to "This object is an ancient farming tool? (with disbelief)". This is a more accurate translation. Thank you for your question!
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