以前 yǐ qián: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

以前 (yǐ qián) English Meaning

  • before
  • formerly
  • previous
  • ago

Traditional Characters: 以前

以 forms words in:

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

前 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

Sample Sentences

  • 他比以前重得多。
    Tā bǐ yǐqián zhòng dé duō.
    He weighs a lot more than before.
  • 他以前是售货员。
    Tā yǐqián shì shòuhuòyuán.
    He was formerly a salesman.
  • 你以前见过她吗?
    Nǐ yǐqián jiànguò tā ma?
    Have you met her before?
  • 你以前去过伦敦吗?
    Nǐ yǐqián qùguò lúndūn ma?
    Have you been to London before?
  • 我们以前没见过吗?
    Wǒmen yǐqián méi jiànguò ma?
    Haven’t we met before?
  • 这幢楼以前是医院。
    Zhè chuáng lóu yǐqián shì yīyuàn.
    Formerly this building was a hospital.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

以 (yǐ): to use; by means of; according to; in order to; because of; at (a certain date or place)

  • : *
  •  (zhǔ): stroke
  •  (rén): man

前 (qián): ahead; front; forward; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly

  • (ha): eight / separate
  • (yī): one
  • (yuè): moon
  • (dāo): knife

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 以

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

  • 以(yǐ):  to use as; according to; because of
  • 以为(yǐwéi):  to believe; to think; to consider; to be under the impression

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 前

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

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