Chinese Word: 有 yǒu — have / has / there is


The Mandarin Chinese word for “Have”, “has”, “there’s” is 有 – Yǒu.

有 Yǒu – very fundamental

#1: “have”, “has” – denoting possession

#2: “have”, “has” – denoting action completion

#3:“There is”, “There are” – denoting existence

Here are some examples of how to use this word:

  • 我有三个朋友 Wǒ yǒusān gè péngyǒu – I have three friends (possession)
  • 我有吃饭 Wǒ yǒu chīfàn – I have eaten food (action completion)
  • 有人在这儿. Yǒurén zài zhè’er. – There is someone here.

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