Languages › Mandarin Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Don't Have" in Chinese How pronounce and use 没有 (méi yǒu) Share Flipboard Email Print Qiu Gui Su Mandarin Vocabulary Mandarin History and Culture Pronunciation Understanding Chinese Characters By Qiu Gui Su Chinese Language Expert Qiu Gui Su is a native Mandarin speaker who has taught Mandarin Chinese for over 20 years. our editorial process Qiu Gui Su Updated February 13, 2019 没有 (méi yǒu) in Mandarin means haven't, hasn't, doesn't exist, to not have, and to not be. Pronunciation 没有 is pronounced ►méi yǒu. 没 is in the 2nd tone, whereas 有 is spoken in the 3rd tone. This can also be written as: mei2 you3. Chinese Characters Traditional Form: 沒有Simplified Form: 没有The first character 沒 / 没 (méi) is a negative prefix for verbs. The second character 有 (yǒu) is the verb for to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be. Put together, 没有 means "to not have," "to not be," or "to not exist." Sentence Examples Audio files are marked with ► ►Tā méi yǒu shuō huǎng.他沒有說謊｡他没有说谎｡He didn’t tell a lie. ►Míng tiān wǒ méi yǒu kōng.明天我沒有空｡明天我没有空｡I don't have any free time tomorrow. Méi yǒu yìyì没有意义It's pointless / There is no meaning. Wǒ gēn tā méi yǒu liánxì我跟他没有联系I have no relation with him. Zhè méi yǒu yòng这没有用This is useless/(more literally) This has no use.