Lessons 1-10

Lesson 11 我有手机。I have a cell phone.

本子 běnzi Notebook / 课本 kběn Textbook / 词典 cdiǎn Dictionary
/ 有 yǒu Have /
yǒu means "to have" in Chinese and is used quite frequently. In the negative form, it collocates with 没 mi instead of 不 b. Both 没 mi and 不 b mean the same thing, "no" or "not". As a general rule, 没 mi tends to be used with having something, such as an object or an experience, whereas 不 b is used more with direct actions.

Example sentences:

你 有 本子 吗? Do you have a notebook?
Nǐ yǒu běnzi ma?
You have origin-thing question?

我 有 手机。I have a cell phone.
Wǒ yǒu shǒujī.
I have hand-machine.

我 的 同事 有 手机。My coworker has a cell phone.
Wǒ de tngsh yǒu shǒujī.
I-of same-affairs has hand-machine.

我 的 同学 没 有 钱。My classmate doesn't have any money.
Wǒ de tngxu mi yǒu qin.
I-of same-study not have money.

你 有 课本 吗? Do you have a textbook?
Nǐ yǒu kběn ma?
You have lesson-origin question?

我 哥哥 有 电脑。My older brother has a computer.
Wǒ gēge yǒu dinnǎo.
I-of older brother have electric-brain.

我 有 词典。I have a dictionary.
Wǒ yǒu cdiǎn.
I have phrases-canon.

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Dialogue:

A 你有电脑吗?
   Nĭ yŏu dinnăo ma?
   Do you have a computer?

B 我在办公室有一个。
   Wŏ zi bngōngsh yŏu yī g
   I have one at the office.

A 家里有吗?
   Jiālĭ yŏu ma?
   What about at home?

B 没有。
   Mi yŏu.
   I dont have one at home.

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