Chinese grammar:Negation of "you"没有

The verb 有 (yǒu) is negated differently from ordinary verbs.Nearly all verbs can be negated with 不. The verb 有 (yǒu) is an exception, and must be negated with 没 (méi).

Structure

 Subject + 没 + 有 + Object

Examples

Wǒ méi yǒu shǒujī.
我 没 有 手机。
I don’t have a mobile phone.

Never use 不 with 有.

Wrong: 我 不 有 汽车。
Right: 我 没 有 汽车。

Remember that trying to negate 有 with 不 is a classic mistake that many people make in the early stages of studying Chinese.

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