Chinese Basics III
ALL or NOTHING!
OK, I’m being dramatic with the title.
It’s just a small character 都 (dou1) we’re learning today, which means “all”. It goes to the same place where “all” appears in an English sentence: before the verb.
When you negate a sentence with 都, there are two ways to go:
- Absolutely nothing/no one/nada, in which case it’s “都不”.
- Not all, which is “不都”.
Here are some examples:
他们都不爱猫。 None of them loves cats.
我们不都爱猫。Not all of us love cats.
Hope that’s helpful. Cheers.