不是

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Chinese[edit]

not; no be; yes; this
simp. and trad.
(不是)

Pronunciation[edit]


Note: bùshi - (1) for the noun, standard Mainland pronunciation and variant Taiwan pronunciation (2) for the verb, variant pronunciation.

Verb[edit]

不是

  1. to not be
    不是 / 不是  ―  Zhè bùshì wǒ de shū.  ―  This is not my book.
    不是 / 不是  ―  Zhè bùshì wǒ de shū ma?  ―  This is not my book? (e.g. when you are told that the book is not yours.)
    不是明白只是 [MSC, trad.]
    不是明白只是 [MSC, simp.]
    Bùshì wǒ bù míngbái, wǒ zhǐshì bù xiǎng shuō. [Pinyin]
    It's not that I don't know; it's just that I don't want to say it.
  2. Used in interrogative sentences, to express a certain emotion. Equivalent to “... not ... ?”
    不是弟弟 [MSC, trad.]
    不是弟弟 [MSC, simp.]
    bùshì shuō le bié jiào wǒ dìdi ma? [Pinyin]
    Didn't I already tell you not to call me "little bro"?
    不是 / 不是  ―  Kàn, nà bùshì Yáo Míng ma?  ―  Look! Isn't that Yao Ming?
    不是 / 不是  ―  Zhè bùshì wǒ de shū ma?  ―  Isn't this my book? (e.g. when you find other person holding your book)

Usage notes[edit]

In sense 2, 不是 is usually weakened, pronounced with neutral tone, while in sense 1, 不是 is stressed.

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Noun[edit]

不是

  1. fault; mistake; wrongdoing
    不是  ―  Dōu shì wǒ de bùshì.  ―  It's all my fault.
    不是 / 不是  ―  Kuài qù péi ge bùshì.  ―  Quickly go and apologise.

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