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I have read some articles chinese, my question is about above subject, because if I want to say :

我没喝 (it is wrong)
我不喝 (it is right)

are there list of verb can be followed by 没(mei3) and 不(bu4) ?

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  • Not an answer, but I wanted to point out that 没 is actually mei2, not mei3. – langdi Jul 11 '14 at 20:34
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没 and 不 are fundamentally different.

没 means "didn't"

不 means "won't" or "don't"

Actually your two sentences are perfectly normal Chinese sentences:

我没喝 means I didn't drink (it) -or- I haven't drank

我不喝 means I don't want to drink -or- I won't drink

A Chinese English Dictionary

ADVERB INFORMAL have not or did not

他来没来?——还没来呢。

Tā lái méi lái? —— hái méi lái ne.

Has he come yet?--Not yet.

1 (used before verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs; never before 有) not; won't; not want to

我不去。

Wǒ bù qù.

I'm not going. or I won't go.

他昨天不来,可是今天来了。

Tā zuótiān bù lái, kěshì jīntiān lái le.

He didn't want to come yesterday,but he came today.

So the deal is: do you want to say haven't (yet), didn't (yet) = 没 -or- won't, don't (want to) = 不. Pretty much any verb can follow 没 and 不 everything just depends on what you want to express.

有 might be the only exception I can think of at the moment but that's been covered here: Why is 有 (yǒu) the only verb that requires 没 while other verbs can use 不?

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