Negation in Mandarin 不 (bù) versus 没 (méi)

I have noticed that 不 (bù) and 没 (méi) are both used for negation; also, they do not seem to be interchangeable usually.

Here is a decent looking list that I have found describing the uses of 不 (bù) and 没 (méi):

- 1. 不 (bù) Negates in the Present and Future

- 2. 不 (bù) Negates Habitual Actions

- 3. 不 (bù) Is Normally Used with Adjectives

- 4. 不 (bù) Is for Asking Questions

- 5. 没 (méi) Negates Past Actions

- 6. Only 没 (méi) Negates 有 (yǒu)

- 7. 没 (méi) Is for Making Comparisons

- 8. 不 (bù) Is Used Almost Exclusively with Certain Verbs

This website elaborates more on this list.

November 4, 2017


mei you means don't have, so use it in that context primarily

November 13, 2017

Wait, how do you have access to the chinese course?

November 5, 2017

alpha testers :)

November 5, 2017

Go to where you can add new courses, scroll down and you will see chinese.

December 1, 2017

Good point

May 13, 2019
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