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For most Chinese learners, the first meaning they learned for 有 yǒu, is probably its basic meaning: ‘to possess, to have’. However, that is only one part of the story.

Jun 4, 2014 12:00 AM
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Very interesting. When using for comparison, is this kinda the opposite of using 比 ? If I understand correctly, when using 比 you want to indicate a difference, as opposed to 有 which indicates an equality.

June 4, 2014

Great article! I'm trying to understand how 有 works in he following type of sentence, which I see a lot. Unless I'm missing something, I don't see how it fits into any of the seven uses shown in this article.


Thank you!

February 19, 2018

I had seen all these uses (with one exception) of 有, so it was a great review for me.

The one exception was already mentioned by Luc: use of 有 for comparison.  For example, you gave the example,


He is as tall as his father.


I've been taught to translate this as




I wonder if they mean the same thing?

January 5, 2016


January 21, 2015

Another great article in an not overcomplex and concise manner.  Thanks.


I pretty much new that ???? could be used in all of these situations, but your articles puts my usage into context.

June 15, 2014
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