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Questions are pervasive in ordinary conversation as well as in institutional interaction. Based on a corpus of 721 questions in Mandarin Chinese conversation, this article firstly reviews previous studies on questions at home and abroad and gives a brief definition of questions in Conversation Analysis, then expounds the linguistic formats of questions in Mandarin Chinese, and lastly explores the social actions implemented by these questions in Mandarin Chinese conversation.doi:10.17265/2159-5836/2019.08.008 fatcat:xwklkn3nrrd3bolyim6m6opxfi