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虽然 suī rán / 但是 dàn shì: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 2

虽然 (suī rán) / 但是 (dàn shì) English Meaning

  • although…still…
  • even if…nevertheless…

Traditional Characters: 雖然 / 但是

虽 is only found in HSK 2.

然 forms words in:

HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

但 forms words in:

是 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list

Sample Sentences 虽然

  • 他虽然穷,却很幸福。
    Tā suīrán qióng, què hěn xìngfú.
    Even though he’s poor, he’s happy.
  • 她虽然病重,却仍在支撑着。
    Tā suīrán bìng zhòng, què réng zài zhīchēngzhe.
    The patient is holding her own, although she is still very ill.
  • 虽然他很有钱,但他不幸福。
    Suīrán tā hěn yǒu qián, dàn tā bù xìngfú.
    Even though he has a lot of money, he’s not happy.
  • 他虽然很累,但是也继续工作。
    Tā suīrán hěn lèi, dànshì yě jìxù gōngzuò.
    Even though he was tired, he went on with his work.
  • 他虽然穷,但生活却过得很快乐。
    Tā suīrán qióng, dàn shēnghuó quèguò dé hěn kuàilè.
    Even though he was poor, his life was very happy.
  • 我虽然在虎口里,却是安如泰山。
    Wǒ suīrán zài hǔkǒu lǐ, què shì ān rú tàishān.
    Though I am in the tiger’s mouth, I am as calm as Mount Tai.

Sample Sentences 但是

  • 但是,数量不对。
    Dànshì, shùliàng bùduì.
    However, the quantity was not correct.
  • 但是他不常微笑。
    Dànshì tā bù cháng wéixiào.
    But he did not often smile.
  • 但是农夫对他笑了。
    Dànshì nóngfū duì tā xiàole.
    But the farmer smiled at him.
  • 但是没人帮得了我。
    Dànshì méi rén bāng déliǎo wǒ.
    But no man could help me.
  • 我想答应的,但是⋯⋯
    Wǒ xiǎng dāyìng de, dànshì ⋯⋯
    I’d like to say yes, but…

Stroke Order & Character Components

虽 (suī): although; even though

  •  (kǒu): mouth
  •  (chóng): insect

然 (rán): correct; right; so; thus; like this; -ly

  •  (yuè): flesh
  •  (quǎn): dog
  •  (biāo): fire, legs

但 (dàn): but; yet; however; only; merely; still

  •  (rén): man
  •  (dàn): dawn; morning; day-break; day

是 (shì): to be; yes

  • (rì): sun
  • (zhèng): just (right); main; upright; straight; correct; positive; greater than zero; principle; to correct; to rectify

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 然

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 必然(bì rán):  inevitable; certain; necessity
  • 不然(bù rán):  not so; no; or else; otherwise; if not
  • 果然(guǒrán):  sure enough; as expected; really
  • 忽然(hū rán):  suddenly; all of a sudden
  • 居然(jū rán):  unexpectedly; to one’s surprise; go so far as to
  • 偶然(ǒu rán):  incidentally; occasional; occasionally; by chance; randomly
  • 显然(xiǎn rán):  evident; clear; obvious(ly)
  • 依然(yī rán):  as before; still

HSK 6 Word List

  • 公然(gōng rán):  openly; publicly; undisguised
  • 固然(gù rán):  admittedly (it’s true that…)
  • 恍然大悟(huǎng rán dà wù):  to suddenly realize; to suddenly see the light
  • 理所当然(lǐsuǒdāng rán):  as it should be by rights (idiom); proper and to be expected as a matter of course; inevitable and right
  • 茫然(máng rán):  ignorant; to have no knowledge of something
  • 天然气(tiān rán qì):  natural gas
  • 一目了然(yí mù liǎo rán):  obvious at a glance (idiom)
  • 毅然(yì rán):  firmly; resolutely; without hesitation

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 但

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 是

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

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