Decoded Slug: 根本 (gēnběn) - At all, simply (used in the negative)

Mandarin Grammar Point
根本 (gēnběn) - At all, simply (used in the negative)

根本 (gēnběn) - At all, simply (used in the negative)

Short explanation:

Used to emphasize the negation in a statement.


Subject + 根本 + Negation + Verb/Adjective


Wǒ gēnběn bù zhīdào tā zài shuō shénme.
I simply don't know what he's talking about.
Tā gēnběn méiyǒu tīng wǒ de huà.
He didn't listen to what I said at all.
Nǐ gēnběn bù liǎojiě wǒ.
You don't understand me at all.
Wǒmen gēnběn méiyǒu shíjiān qù lǚxíng.
We simply don't have time to travel.

Long explanation:

'根本 (gēnběn)' is a Mandarin Chinese adverb most frequently used in the negative to place emphasis on an absolute negation or denial. It is often translated as 'at all' or 'simply' in English. This term can be used with both actions and states, making it versatile and commonly used in everyday conversation. It is placed before the verb in a sentence.

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