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English: Soap Chinese: fahn-gahn
English: Is there any soap? Chinese: yau moh fahn-gahn ah Literally: have-not-have soap +?
English: Towel Chinese: moh-gun
English: A towel (with measure word) Chinese: tew moh-gun Literally: a towel
The verb construction in the following phrase demonstrates an alternative method of asking a question using the verb to be.
English: Is there a towel? Chinese: hie-hm-hie yau tew moh-gun ah Literally: is-not-is have towel? +?
English: Where is the towel? Chinese: moh-gun hie been doh ah Literally: towel located where +?
English: Do you have a pen Chinese: nay yau moh but ah Literally: you have-not-have pen +?
English: No, I don't have a pen Chinese: mo, ngoh moh but Literally: not have, I not have pen
English: (Measure work for stick like things, including pens) Chinese: tchee
English: One pen Chinese: yut tchee but Literally: (same)
English: Yes, I have 3 pens Chinese: yau, ngoh yau sahm tchee but Literally: have, I have 3 pens
In Cantonese, the verb to have can also mean there are:
English: There are many people here Chinese: nee-doh yau hoh doh yahn Literally: here has many people
English: Money Chinese: tcheen
English: Do you have any money? Chinese: nay yau moh tcheen ah Literally: you have / not have money +?
English: I have money Chinese: ngoh yau tcheen Literally: (same)
English: I have some money Chinese: ngoh yau yut-dee tcheen Literally: (same)
English: I have a lot of money Chinese: ngoh yau hoh doh tcheen Literally: I have very much money
English: Rich Chinese: hoh yau tcheen Literally: very has money
English: She is rich Chinese: keui hoh yau tcheen Literally: she very rich