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Making Sense of Grammar
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(没)有 (méi) yǒu + noun may often be used as the first action in a serial

construction where the second action expresses purpose:

我有机会学汉语。

Wǒ yǒu jī huì xué hàn yǔ。

I have the opportunity to learn Chinese.

你有时间教我开车吗?

Nǐ yǒu shí jiān jiāo wǒ kāi chē ma?

Have you got time to teach me to drive?

你没有理由这么说。

Nǐ méi yǒu lǐ yóu zhè me shuō 。

You have no reason to say that/talk like that.

我没有钱买香烟。

Wǒ méi yǒu qián mǎi xiāng yān 。

I have no money to buy cigarettes.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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