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别 is used in a negative imperative sentence to express ‘don’t’. 别 and 不要 are interchangeable in this case. In this chapter, only 别 will be used.

请别把我的秘密告诉别人。

Qǐng bié bǎ wǒ de mì mì gào sù bié rén 。

Please don’t tell others my secret.

老王不是好人;别跟他交朋友。

Lǎo wáng bú shì hǎo rén ;bié gēn tā jiāo péng yǒu 。

Lao Wang is not a good person; don’t be friends with him.

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