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Question: Tell your friend that you are not busy.
1 是 is not used
Hint 2 不 should be placed in front of 忙
Answer 我 不 忙 。 Listen
In colloquial Chinese the affirmative form of 忙
máng is often preceded by 很
hěn. 我 今 天 很 忙
wŏ jīntiān hěn máng
I am (very) busy today. 我 今 天 忙
wŏ jīntiān máng sounds incomplete, or
like the answer to a question. If 我 忙
wŏ máng is followed by another phrase, 很
hěn can be omitted. 我 今 天 忙 明 天 不 忙
wŏ jīntiān máng míngtiān
I am busy today, but not tomorrow. When a monosyllabic stative verb such as 忙
máng is used in a question: 你 忙 吗
nĭ máng ma?
Are you busy? 很
hěn can be omitted. The answer to this question is 我 忙
máng I am busy.