Friday, June 18, 2021

Chinese Negative Prefixes 中文否定前綴

It seems that it is not common to describe Chinese language as having prefixes and suffixes. However, there are some characters that can certainly give clues about the possible meaning of a word or phrase. 

These are prefixes that are used to negate Chinese adjectives and some other parts of Chinese speech.

The meanings of these Chinese prefixes vary slightly, indeed.

不 is commonly used in all sorts of situations.

非 is formal. It is more likely to be ssen in formal notices and law-related texts.

Using of 无 is more typical for "written" Chinese than for colloquial language.

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