Cantonese Negation

If you're trying to learn Cantonese Negation you will find some useful resources including a course about Negation and negative expressions... to help you with your Cantonese grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Cantonese. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Cantonese Negation

Learning the Cantonese Negation is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Cantonese language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in Cantonese.

Cantonese negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy). Here are some examples:

English NegationCantonese Negation
Negation否定
he is not here他不在這裏
that is not my book那不是我的書
do not enter不要進入

Notice the structure of the Negation in Cantonese.

List of Negation in Cantonese

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Cantonese placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Cantonese vocabulary.

English NegationCantonese Negation
I don't speak我不說話
I don't write我不寫作
I don't drive我不駕駛
I don't love我不愛
I don't give我不給予
I don't smile我不微笑
I don't take我不拿
he doesn't speak他不說話
he doesn't write他不寫作
he doesn't drive他不駕駛
he doesn't love他不愛
he doesn't give他不給予
he doesn't smile他不微笑
he doesn't take他不拿
we don't speak我們不說話
we don't write我們不寫作
we don't drive我們不駕駛
we don't love我們不愛
we don't give我們不給予
we don't smile我們不微笑
we don't take我們不拿

Negation and negative expressions have a very important role in Cantonese. Once you're done with the Yue Negation, you might want to check the rest of our Cantonese lessons here: Learn Cantonese. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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