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Although 不(bù) and 没(méi) serves to negate, they emphasize different aspect.

There are three functions of 不(bù):

1. To negate one’s willingness. For example,


Wǒ   bùxiǎng               qù         xuéxiào

I          don’t want     go to     school

‘I don’t want to go to school.’

2. To negate one’s habit or things that usually happen. For example,


Wǒ   bù        chōuyān

I      don’t   smoke

‘I don’t smoke.’

3. To negate people or things own the certain property and state. For example,

3) 他不高

Tā   bù  gāo

He  not  tall

‘He is not tall.’

There are two functions of 没(méi):

1. To negate the event is already happened. For example,

4) 他没参加会议

Tā     méi   cānjiā   huìyì

He   not   attend   conference

‘He didn’t attend the conference.’

2. To negate the change of the property or state. For example,

5) 他没胖

Tā   méi   pang

He   not    fat

‘He doesn’t become fat.’
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