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/zìrtírtù i nìh/ ‘you are (a) teacher’
(teacher) (you)(are)
/tu:m í ná?/ ‘who are you?’
(who) (you)(are)
/zà:ni à hú/ ‘he came yesterday’
/ìetìká hú àm á ná?/ ‘when did he come?’
(when) (come)(is)(he)(is)
/hí ká ththèi/ ‘I can do this’
(this)(I) (can do)
/ìem ká th: thèi á?/ ‘what can I do?’
In the above examples the italics words in (b) simply substitute the italics words in (a). There is no movement of any element. Thus, it merely involves substitution.
Simple Yes-No type
The simple yes-no type interrogative sentences are generated only by simply addicting interrogative intonation. Here an element like /ti/ or /ni/ could optionally appear in the final position in the sentence.
Given below are few examples :
/hú lùt thèi ká tí?/ ‘may I come in’
(come)(in)(may)(i) (+ fut)
/ínàh fè -théi tàN á tí?/ ‘can he go home?’
(+ fut)
/zirtírtù á ní?/ ‘is he (a) teacher?’
(teacher) (he) (is)
/láihin hú à tí ?/  ‘will he come here ?’
(here) (come)(he)(+ fut)
/láihín à hú ?/ ‘will he come here ?’
(here) (he) (come)(+ fut)
/hí í th: thèi dí (aní)?/ ‘can you do this ?’
(this)(you)(do)(can)(+fut) (is it)
/pùlís á ní?/ ‘is he a police?’
(police)(a) (is)
All the above sentences minus the interrogative intonation are appropriate assertive sentences provided that the final /h/ in /tìh/ or /nìh/ is re-introduced. In such interrogative sentences too, the word-order is highly flexible.
Tag Questions 
It is also possible to generate tag-questions in Hmar which require first producing the assertive sentences and then tagging a negatively structured yes-no type question to them. In other words such interrogative sentences are nothing but the combination of two sentences of the same theme-one in assertive and the other in interrogative intonation and together with a negative element in the second one.
Give below are few example:
/zìrtírtu á nìh, án n:?/
(teacher)(he) (is) (is not he)
‘he is a teacher, is not he ?’
/ítì khà (tè), án n:/
(you say)(pt) or,
/ítì khà (tè), án n:/
(you) (said) (so) (this)(is not)
‘you said that, did not you?
/ìnkh:mà án hùnh, án hú?/
(meeting) (they)(attended not) (they)(attended)
‘they did not attend the meeting, did they?’






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