Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Don't Have" in Chinese

How pronounce and use 没有 (méi yǒu)

Animation of the Mandarin symbol Mei You

Qiu Gui Su


没有 (méi yǒu) in Mandarin means haven't, hasn't, doesn't exist, to not have, and to not be.


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.
He didn’t tell a lie.

Míng tiān wǒ méi yǒu kōng.
I don't have any free time tomorrow.

Méi yǒu yìyì
It's pointless / There is no meaning.

Wǒ gēn tā méi yǒu liánxì
I have no relation with him. 

Zhè méi yǒu yòng
This is useless/(more literally) This has no use.

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