I'm a bit confused with '非' here.

Does it mean:

1.'not': which the sentence then would mean the numbers of people wouldn't change anything

2.'mistake': 'a lot of people = A lot of mistakes'

or, from the example I found:


  1. Either 'trash' or 'criminal'?
  • Maybe, it's more understandable and natural to say 人多 就是 是非 多。or 人多 是非就(是)多。
    – dan
    Feb 24, 2018 at 0:06

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Note that 是非 should be interpreted as an unbroken word here, it means

(2) [discord]∶口舌;纠纷

So "人多就是非多" should be interpreted as

人多 (when/if) there're many people
就 then
是非 discord (would be)
多 much
  • That makes much more sense, I was reading it as 人多-就是-非多...
    – Fai91
    Feb 23, 2018 at 14:20
  • @Fai91 Yes this is confusing because "就是" is a commonly used word too.
    – user4072
    Feb 23, 2018 at 14:22

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