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To negate a causative construction, one may make either the first or the

second verb negative, depending on the meaning required:

(1) Negating the first verb:

他没叫你去游泳。

Tā méi jiào nǐ qù yóu yǒng 。

He didn’t tell you to go swimming.

小李不准我去参加这次活动。

Xiǎo lǐ bú zhǔn wǒ qù cān jiā zhè cì huó dòng 。

Xiao Li will not allow me to take part in these activities.

她不让我把门打开。

Tā bú ràng wǒ bǎ mén dǎ kāi 。

She didn’t let me open the door.

(2) Negating the second verb:

他叫你别去游泳。

Tā jiào nǐ bié qù yóu yǒng 。

He told you not to go swimming.

小李准我不参加这次活动。

Xiǎo lǐ zhǔn wǒ bú cān jiā zhè cì huó dòng 。

Xiao Li allowed me not to take part in these activities.

她让我别把门打开。

Tā ràng wǒ bié bǎ mén dǎ kāi 。

She told me not to open the door.

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