Chinese HSK2 Grammar Points

Mei2没, Dou1都, and Ye3也

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This is the first installment in a series of important beginning grammar constructs in Mandarin. I write for beginning learners like myself who are trying to get the best return on their time as they begin the learning process. 谢谢阅读。

Mei2 You3 没有

Nearly all verbs can be negated with 不 (bù). The verb 有 (yǒu) is an exception, and must be negated with 没 (méi). Also anything that happens in the past must use méi instead of bù.

  1. 我们 在 北京 没 有 房子。

Wǒmen zài Běijīng méi yǒu fángzi.

We don’t have a house in Beijing.

2. 我没记住

Wǒ méi jìzhu.

I don’t remember.

3. 爸爸 没 有 手机 吗?

Nǐ bàba méi yǒu shǒujī ma?

Your dad doesn’t have a cell phone?

Dou1 都 for “all”

Examples -

  1. 我们 都 要 冰水。

Wǒmen dōu yào bīngshuǐ .

We all want iced water.

2. 他们 都 在 上海 。

Tāmen dōu zài Shànghǎi.

We are all in Shanghai.

Ye3也 for “also”

1. 我也不知道。

Wǒ yě bù zhīdao.

I don’t know either.

2。 昨天很冷,今天也很冷。

Zuótiān hěn lěng, jīntiān yě hěn lěng.

Yesterday was cold, and today is also cold.

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