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The more colloquial (spoken) question particle is -པས་
a. དེ་ཇ་རེད་པས[
de̲ cha̲ re̲bɛɛ̀ [ Note that re̲è becomesre̲ when it joi ns with -bɛɛ̀.]
that teais ?
Is that tea ?
b. མོ་པད་མ་རེད་པས[
mo̲ bɛ̅ɛ̅ma re̲bɛɛ̀
she pema is ?
Is she Pema?
c. ཁྭད་རང་ནོར་བུ་ཡིན་པས
kēraŋ nɔ̲ɔ̲bu yi̲mbɛɛ̀
y ou norbu is ?
Are you Norbu? i̅ ཚེ
Note that ཡིན་པས་ is usually (but not always) used in place of རེད་པས་ in first and second
person constructions. The answer to c. would nornlally be
d. ང་ནོར་བུ་ཡིན།
ŋa̲ nɔ̲ɔ̲ bu yi̲n
i norbu is
Iam Norbu. ཚེ་ e.
e. དགེ་རྒན་དེ་ནང་པ་རེད་པས
ge̲gɛn de̲ na̲ŋbare̲bɛɛ̀i̅
teacher that buddhist isi̅?
Is that teacher a Buddhi st ?
f. པད་མ་བུ་མོ་རེད་པས
bɛ̅ɛ̅ma po̲more̲bɛɛ̀ [Note that བུ་ is pronounced powhen joined with mo.]
pema girl is ?
Is Pema agirl?
g. པད་མ་བུ་རེད།
bɛ̅ɛ̅mapu̲re̲è
pema boy is
Pema is a boy. i̅ i̅
The standard literaury question particle is fornled by repeating the final letter of the
verb and then adding the letter མ་ " to it.
h. དེ་དེབ་རེད་དམ།



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