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Making Sense of Grammar
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‘不 + adjective’ can be in a negative imperative sentence, but not in a positive one.

别不识相,他不欢迎咱们,咱们走吧!

Bié bú shí xiàng ,tā bú huān yíng zán men ,zán men zǒu ba !

Don’t be clueless. We are not welcome here. Let’s go.

别不好意思,上来表演一下吧!

Bié bú hǎo yì sī ,shàng lái biǎo yǎn yī xià ba !

Don’t be shy. Come up here and perform (a song, a dance, etc.)!

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
answered Apr 18, 2021 by Ariel (34,480 points)

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