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méi yǒu
v. not have, have not (done)
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In this post, we discuss the difference between 没 and 没有.

1. In terms of grammar and meaning of words, there is no difference between the two.

2. In certain structures, e.g. "一 ...都 ..." or "什么都..." we only use "没有".
Example 1: 屋里一个人都没有。There is no one at all in the room.
Example 2: 除了身上的衣服,他什么都没有了。 Except for the clothes on him, he has nothing else.
In these sentences above, we cannot use 没 to replace 没有.

3.Then there is a difference in the number of syllables. In order to save the effort and time spent on speaking, people tend to use 没 since it's shorter.
How is 没有 (méi yǒu) different from 没 (méi)?
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