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3.2.3: Expressing possession with "you"

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    有 (yǒu) can be used in various ways, but the most basic meaning of this verb you need to know is "to have."

    Structure

    Subj. + 有 + Obj.

    Examples

    • 钱。Wǒ yǒu qián.I have money.
    • 房子 吗?Nǐ yǒu fángzi ma?Do you have a house?
    • 她 没 车。Tā méi yǒu chē.She doesn't have a car.
    • 女 朋友 吗?Tā yǒu nǚpéngyou ma?Does he have a girlfriend?
    • 我们 三 个 女儿 。Wǒmen yǒu sān gè nǚ'ér.We have three daughters.
    • 我们 家 两 个 公司 。Wǒmen jiā yǒu liǎng gè gōngsī.Our family has two companies.
    • 一百 块 钱 吗?Nǐ yǒu yī bǎi kuài qián ma?Do you have 100 kuài RMB?
    • 你 的 老师 iPad 吗?Nǐ de lǎoshī yǒu iPad ma?Does your teacher have an iPad?
    • 我爸爸 没 工作。Wǒ bàba méi yǒu gōngzuò.My dad doesn't have a job.
    • 今天 你 课 吗?Jīntiān nǐ yǒu kè ma?Do you have classes today?

    Negating 有 (yǒu)

    The verb 有 (yǒu) is negated in a special way. Unlike most verbs, it is negated with 没 (méi) instead of 不 (bù). The negative form of 有 (yǒu) then, is 没有 (méiyǒu). For more on that topic, see our article on negation of "you" with "mei."


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