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The following structures are used to negate or refuse something (usually an adjective or a verb) in Chinese. They are organized according to our grammar points by level.

A1 Denying and refusing

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Negation of "you" with "mei" 没 + 有 没有 钱 。
Negation of past actions with "meiyou" 没有 + Verb 没有 去 酒吧。
Negative commands with "buyao" 不要 + Verb 不要 说 英文!
Standard negation with "bu" 不 + Verb / Adj. 他们 是 坏 孩子。

A2 Denying and refusing

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Basic comparisons with "meiyou" Noun 1 + 没(有) + Noun 2 + Adj. 没有 我 胖 。
Comparing "bu" and "mei" 不 vs 没 我 今天 晚上 吃饭。昨天 晚上 我 吃饭。
Expressing "stop doing" with "bie… le" 别 + Verb + 了 ,烦 死了 。
Negative commands with "bie" 别 + Verb 走。

B1 Denying and refusing

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing "not at all" with "yidianr ye bu" Subj. + 一点 + 也 / 都 + 不 + Adj. 一点 也 不 胖 。

B2 Denying and refusing

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Basic comparisons with "bu bi" Noun 1 + 不比 + Noun 2 + Adj. 不 比 别人 笨 。
Comparisons with "buru" 不如⋯⋯ 我的 汉语 不如 他的。
Expressing "on the contrary" with "fan'er" ⋯⋯,反而 ⋯⋯ 他 没有 放弃 ,反而 更加 努力 了 !