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不然 bùrán

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不然 bùrán Meaning

Learn the Pinyin Pronunciation and 5 English Translations of the word 不然 bùrán .

Pīnyīn Pronunciation
bùrán | bu4 ran2
English translation
not so
no
or else
otherwise
if not

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Traditional form

不然 bùrán

Part of speech

Conjunction / 连词 lián cí Lián cí
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Etymology of 不然 bùrán

Familiarize yourself with the origin and historical aspects of the Chinese word 不然 bùrán .

Type

ideographic

Explanation

Pictograph of sepals of a flower. The meaning "no" is a phonetic loan.

Positional decomposition

Number of Strokes

4
rán

Type

pictophonetic

Explanation

Phonosemantic compound. huǒ represents the meaning and rán represents the sound. Based on the original meaning "ignite; burn", now written as rán . The current meaning is a phonetic loan.

Phonetic compound

rán

Semantic compound

huǒ

Positional decomposition

肰灬

Number of Strokes

12

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Example sentences using 不然 bùrán

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还是 háishi 当心 dāngxīn diǎn hǎo , 不然 bùrán huì 上当 shàngdàng 受骗 shòu piàn .

You'd better watch out, or you'll be getting done in.

不然 bùrán , 穿 chuān le Dōng 洋货 yáng huò yǒu shéi lái 笑骂 xiào mà .

If not for that, she could wear Japanese merchandise and no one would say a word.

de 靴子 xuē zi jǐn ,不然 bùrán 鞋带 xié dài huì 松开 sōng kāi .

Lace your boots firmly or the lace will come undone.

Bié zǒu tài yuǎn ,要不然 yào bù rán huì 迷路 mílù de .

Don't go too far afield or you'll get lost.

所以 suǒyǐ ya , yāo rán jiù lái zhè le .

That's just the point , otherwise I wouldn't come here.

不然 bùrán Decomposition

See the 4 Chinese characters that make up 不然 bùrán and their own compounds.

不然 bùrán Compounds

See all 60 Chinese words that contain the characters that make up the word 不然 bùrán in their composition.

    • fǒu
      • , , , , , ,
      • pēi , pēi , , , , pēi , , , piě , , , , , , , , , ,
    • Huán , huài , bēi , 怀 Huái , Huán , wāi , nāo , béng , , , , piān , pēi , póu , fóu , , , , , biáo , , bēi , , , , , ,
  • rán
    • rán , niǎn , rán , , ,
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