Paj-Puj: The Particle مۇ in This or That Questions

The Particle مۇ in This or That Questions

بۇمۇ ياكى ئۇمۇ شەكىللىك سوئالدىكى «مۇ» يۈكلىمىسى

The particle مۇ may be used to form "this or that" type questions. In this case, it is attached to both of the objects considered. The word ياكى, or - in shortened form - يا, may be used to separate the two.

Is it a boy or a girl?
ئوغۇلمۇ قىزمۇ؟
ئوغۇلمۇ ياكى قىزمۇ؟
ئوغۇلمۇ يا قىزمۇ؟

Are you going to eat or are you full?
تاماق يەمسىز توقمۇسىز؟
تاماق يەمسىز ياكى توقمۇسىز؟
تاماق يەمسىز يا توقمۇسىز؟


  1. Personal research/experience
  2. Reinhard F. Hahn, Ablahat Ibrahim, "Spoken Uyghur". University of Washington Press: Seattle, 1991. (p. 119)
  3. 亚力坤·阿不都萨拉木, 阿不都热衣木·哈德尔, "维语会话教程"。新疆人民卫生出版社: 乌鲁木齐, 2009。 (p. 166)