Isn’t it?/Is it so? = rĕu.. rĕr.. = หรือ.. เหรอ..

หรือ vs. เหรอ

Sometime ago one of my students mentioned to me that he thought he had heard “rĕr” instead of “rĕu”. So here is my explanation:

 

As a conjunction, rĕu (wâh) means “or”.

เธออยากไปดูหนังหรือ(ว่า)ไปกินข้าว

Ther yàhk pai doo năng rĕu (wâh) pai kin khaâo

As a yes-no question word, rĕu and rĕr are just like a question mark at the end of the sentence. The first one is more formal than the latter. The meaning would be a little similar to when you say “chái măi”, with a slight different in speaker’s certainty of the fact that he/she asks.

คุณเป็นคนไทยใช่ไหมคะ

Khun pen khon Thai châi măi khá

ใช่ค่ะ คุณรู้ได้ยังไงคะ

Châi khâ, khun róo dâi yang ngai khá

เมื่อกี้บังเอิญฉันได้ยินคุณคุยโทรศัพท์ค่ะ

Meûa kêe bang ern chăn dâiyin khun khui thohrásàb khâ

คุณเป็นคนไทยเหรอคะ

Khun pen khon Thai rĕr khá

ใช่ค่ะ คุณรู้ได้ยังไงคะ

Châi khâ, khun róo dâi yang ngai khá

เมื่อกี้บังเอิญฉันได้ยินคุณคุยโทรศัพท์ค่ะ

Meûa kêe bang ern chăn dâiyin khun khui thohrásàb khâ

When being used alone, it can be referred to a response to the previous statement, something like “is it so?”.

ฉันจะไปญี่ปุ่น

Chăn jà pai yêe pùn.

เหรอ แล้วจะไปเมื่อไหร่

Rĕr, laéw jà pai meûa rài

เดือนหน้า

Deuan nâh

In certain situations it is also possible to add rĕr at the end of the question with question words:

คุณชื่ออะไร

Khun chêu àrai

คุณชื่ออะไรเหรอ

Khun chêu àrai rĕr

Basically there is no grammatical difference between these 2 questions. Just that the 2nd sentence sounds more casual (and possibly slightly more friendly) than the 1st sentence.

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