不过 bú guò: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

不过 (bú guò) English Meaning

  • only
  • merely
  • no more than
  • but
  • however
  • anyway (to get back to a previous topic)

Traditional Characters:  不過

不 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

过 forms words in:

HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • 爱不过是发明。
    Ài bùguò shì fāmíng.
    Love is only an invention.
  • 离商业区不过一英里。
    Lí shāngyè qū bùguò yī yīnglǐ.
    It’s no more than a mile to the shops.
  • 这不过是个笑话而已。
    Zhè bùguò shìgè xiàohuà éryǐ.
    It is nothing but a joke.
  • 我不会弹琴,不过她会。
    Wǒ bù huì tánqín, bùguò tā huì.
    I can’t play the piano, but she can.
  • 这里不过是打一个比方。
    Zhèlǐ bùguò shì dǎ yīgè bǐfāng.
    Here we speak only by way of analogy.
  • 不过有些人对味精过敏。
    Bùguò yǒuxiē rén duì wèijīng guòmǐn.
    But, some people are allergic to it.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

不 (bú): (negative prefix) no, not

  • (yī): one
  • Unidentified strokes

过 (guò): to cross; to go over; to pass (time); (experienced action marker); to celebrate (a holiday); to live; to get along; excessively; too-

  •  (chuò): brisk walking
  •  (cùn): thumb

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 不

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 过

HSK 2 Word List

  • 过(guo):  (used after a verb) to indicate the completion of an action

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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