Is "この人は本気ですか?" correct?

Any better ways to say this?

  • I think 真面目 (まじめ) is better for this usage of serious. Or maybe 「マジで?」for short. It's short for "Are they serious?" in context. – knowledge_is_power Sep 3 '17 at 16:35
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    Can you provide some context? In what situation do you want to use the phrase? You might say この人、本気で言ってる? or この人、マジで言ってる? etc. depending on the context. – Chocolate Sep 5 '17 at 1:51

Is this person serious?

According to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, there are two possible meanings for "serious" as:

(1) not joking or pretending if someone is serious about something they say or plan to do, they really mean it and are not joking or pretending

(2) quiet/sensible someone who is serious is very quiet and sensible, and does not laugh and joke much

For (1), the given sentence will be intepreted as "この人は真剣{しんけん}/本気{ほんき}ですか?" or "この人、真剣{しんけん}/本気{ほんき}ですか?", and for (2) it will be as "この人は真面目{まじめ}/生真面目{きまじめ}ですか?" or "この人、真面目{まじめ}/生真面目{きまじめ}ですか?". 

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