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 said on
April 12, 2014

How do you use 根本 in other sentences? Does it always have to be ’根本就没有‘什么什么? Could you say, for example:


 said on
April 14, 2014

When you want to express " all" or "never" it can be "根本(就)+不/没". So 就 sometimes is for emphasis.

This sentence can be:


B:我根本没说话。or 我根本什么都没说。
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April 14, 2014
Got it, thanks! :D
 said on
April 14, 2014

Is there a difference in tone between using 根本 and 确实?


 said on
April 15, 2014

1.我根本没说话. I didn't speak at all.

2.我确实没说话. I really didn't speak/say anything.

So you use 根本 to make a strong statement when asked 你说什么了 and such.

Same situation, when asked 你说什么了? There will be another person saying"他什么也没说" or "他根本没说话" Then to reconfirm or reassure the statement, you will use"我确实没说话".
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November 25, 2017

Is this idiomatically correct?
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December 9, 2017

It sounds a bit more natural if you use 向 (towards) instead of 对 (facing). A more natural but advanced way of expressing the idea would be 对着: