Answer Key – Chinese test: Do You Want To Play Basketball? (Elementary)



The correct answer is . Nǐ míngtiān qù dǎ lánqiú ma?
Tom:你   明天     去  打  篮球   吗?

Are you going to play basketball tomorrow?

Nǐ bú qù, wǒ yě bú qù.
Jack:你 不 去,我 也 不 去。

1. 不 (bù)

If you’re not going then I’m not going.

The tone for 不 (bu4) will turn to second tone when 不 (bu4) is used before the Characters in fourth tone. That’s why there are two different tones in the conversation and the following explanations.

This test is designed to examine your knowledge of 不 (bù) and 没 (méi). These two words convey negative meaning when placed before a verb. The differences lie in the following:

. To express one’s will or preference in a negative form.

The above dialogue falls to this category, in which Jack says that if Tom doesn’t go tomorrow, then he won’t either.

Tāmen bù xiǎng qù gōngyuán.
他们      想   去    公园。


habitual or usual
pattern of behavior or a situation


They don’t want to go to the park.

. To describe a in the negative.

Tā bù chōuyān, yě bù hējiǔ.
他   抽烟,  也  不  喝酒。


He doesn’t smoke or drink.

Tā cóng bù shuōhuǎng.
他   从     说谎。



He never tells a lie.

. To describe a negative state.

Zhèxiē xiāngjiāo bù shóu.
这些     香蕉        熟。

2. 没 (méi)

already happened


These bananas are not ripe.

. To describe an action that has in the negative, usually in the form of 没 (méi) + verb.

Tā zǎoshang méi chīfàn.
她     早上       吃饭。

She didn’t have breakfast.

Nǐ zuótiān qù dǎ lánqiú le ma?
A: 你   昨天   去  打  篮球  了 吗?

Did you go yesterday?

Méi qù.
B: 去。



No, I .

. To say that something hasn’t happened yet or talking about a changing state in the negative.

Zhèxiē xiāngjiāo méi shóu.
这些       香蕉 熟。


These bananas haven’t ripened yet.

. To negate the verb 有 (yǒu), “to have.”

Fángzi lǐ méiyǒu rén.
房子   里    人。

There is no one in the house.

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