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The Chinese word bu - 不 - bù
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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)

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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced . However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well (not yet available in this dictionary).

English translations

not, no, negative

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 不 ( bù ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( bu / bù ) with pronunciation (English translation: not )
The traditional Chinese characters of are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 不 ( bu / bù ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Wo bu he jiu.
Wŏ bù hē jiŭ.
 – English translation: I don't drink alcohol.

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Character complexity
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is composed of 4 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

restless  |  unnecessary
不 ( bu / bù ) belongs to the 10 most common Chinese characters (rank 4)
Chinese example words containing the character 不 ( bu / bù )
不客气 ( bú kèqì = don't mention it ), 不用谢 ( bú yòng xiè = you are welcome ), 不错 ( búcuò = not bad ), 不但 ( búdàn = not only ), 不但而且 ( búdàn érqiĕ = not only..., but also... ), 不断 ( búduàn = continuous ), 不是 ( búshì = to be not ), 不谢 ( búxiè = you are welcome ), 不要 ( búyào = do not ), 不用 ( búyòng = need not ), 不住 ( búzhù = repeatedly ), 不敢当 ( bù găndāng = You flatter me ), 不可思议 ( bù kĕ sīyì = unbelievable ), 不约而同 ( bù yuē ér tóng = simultaneously ), 不得不 ( bùdé bù = to have to ), 不管 ( bùguăn = no matter ), 不过 ( bùguò = but ), 不好意思 ( bùhăoyìsi = to feel embarrassed ) 不仅 ( bùjĭn = not only )
Other characters that are pronounced bù in Chinese
More words that mean not in Chinese
( 弗 ), méi ( 没 )
More words that mean no in Chinese
búshì ( 不是 ), méi ( 没 )

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