kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

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kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby guest » Thu Aug 14, 2003 8:28 am

i heard "wo ke3wei4 wen ni yige wenti" on a tv show.
the subtitle read kebukeyi (can/cannot). Can someone explain the wei there to me?

Hanzi Wensheng

Re: kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby Hanzi Wensheng » Thu Aug 14, 2003 10:01 pm

Yes, kewei = kebukeyi

Kewei is seldom used because it's Wenyen Wen (old Chinese), while kebukeyi is Baihua Wen (modern Chinese). Sometimes people use Wenyen sayings to make themselves appear scholarly or sophisticated.

guest

Re: kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby guest » Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:48 am

So in a way it's like the fou3 in shi4fou3 right? Though I hear that one kind of frequently than I've heard "wei." What's the character for "wei?"

Hanzi Wensheng

Re: kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby Hanzi Wensheng » Sat Aug 16, 2003 8:22 am

You're corrrect. Also, the "old way" to say "weishenme" is "weihe" 為何

kewei 可未

heart

Re: kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby heart » Wed Nov 19, 2003 1:05 pm

what is wei in english?

Dylan Sung

Re: kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby Dylan Sung » Sat Dec 20, 2003 9:09 am

未 wei means 'not' in one of it's senses.

jinfeng1

Re: kewei = kebukeyi? what is wei?

Postby jinfeng1 » Wed Feb 25, 2004 11:13 am

"wo ke3wei4 wen ni yige wenti. " This cannot happen in our daily life. Please forget it . It can happen in literature. Some people who do not master Mandarin may use this wei4.
As i know , rare chinese say shi4fou3 in daily life. It is written chinese!


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