03 May, 2015

Chinese Negative Prefixes

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

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

Negative prefixes in Chinese

The meanings of these prefixes vary slightly. 
is commonly used in all sorts of situations. 
is formal. It is more likely to be ssen in formal notices and law-related texts. 
Using of is more typical for "written" Chinese than for colloquial language. 

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