The Chinese word 吧 is a particle that is used to indicate suggestion, persuasion, or a softening of tone. It is often used at the end of a sentence to express a suggestion or a mild command. For example, “我们走吧” means “Let’s go” or “Shall we go?” The tone of the sentence can vary depending on the context and intonation. It can also be used to express agreement or confirmation, as in “是吧” meaning “right?” or “isn’t it?” Overall, 吧 is a versatile particle that is commonly used in Chinese conversation.
Particle: indicating suggestion
|你们想去看电影，吧？||nǐmen xiǎng qù kàn diànyǐng, ba?||You guys want to go watch a movie, right?|
|我们可以一起吃晚饭，吧？||wǒmen kěyǐ yīqǐ chī wǎnfàn, ba?||We can eat dinner together, okay?|
|他应该已经到了，吧||tā yīnggāi yǐjīng dào le, ba||He should have arrived by now, right?|
|这个问题很难，吧？||zhège wèntí hěn nán, ba?||This problem is difficult, isn’t it?|
|明天天气好，我们去爬山，吧||míngtiān tiānqì hǎo, wǒmen qù páshān, ba||The weather will be good tomorrow, let’s go mountain climbing|
|你喜欢吃辣的食物，吧？||nǐ xǐhuan chī là de shíwù, ba?||You like spicy food, don’t you?|
|他说他会来，吧||tā shuō tā huì lái, ba||He said he will come, right?|
|你想要喝茶还是咖啡，吧？||nǐ xiǎng yào hē chá háishì kāfēi, ba?||Do you want to drink tea or coffee?|
吧 is part of HSK Level 2 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 1.