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Pronunciation :
Meaning :
  1. not; no; won’t; not want to; cannot. (adv)
  2. used in a sentence to indicate that it is a question. (adv)
Radical :
Strokes : 4
Traditional :
Usage : 91.8%
1. I don’t know how.
: I
: no, dont
: be able to, can
不会 : don’t know how
2. I don’t like swimming.
huān yóu yǒng
: I
: don’t
喜欢 : like
游泳 : swimming
3. Want to go for a walk together?
yào yào sàn
: want
要不要 : want to?
一起 : together
: go
散步 : go for a stroll
4. I am sorry.
对不起 : I am sorry

13 thoughts on “不”

  1. soo 不 can be used like 吗 at the end of a phrase to turn it into a interrogative phrase??
    or am i wrong??

    1. Hi Julio,
      Yes. Sometimes we used 不 at the end of a question in dialect.
      Here are a few examples:

      你饿不? (你饿吗?)
      Are you hungry?

      Is he in good health now?

      不 is a very common word and is always used to mean “not”. I suggest that you don’t use 不 to ask question.

    1. Hi Julio,
      The word 不 (bù)(no / not) is pronounced in the 2nd tone (bú) when it is put before a syllable in the 4th tone. (or a syllable in neutral tone developed from 4th tone.)

      So sentence 1 and 3 tone marks are in the 2nd tone.

  2. Hi Min Min,
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    Perhaps you can link your ‘bu jiu’ (不就) segment here.
    I appreciate all the examples you provide which truly clarifies the meanings.

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Which ‘bu jiu’ (不就) segment do you mean?
      Do you have the link? Maybe you can share it here.

      1. Hi Min Min,
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