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原来 yuán lái: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

原来 (yuán lái) English Meaning

  • original
  • former
  • originally
  • formerly
  • at first
  • so… actually

Traditional Characters:  原來

原 forms words in:

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来 forms words in:

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Sample Sentences

  • 原来都是假的。
    Yuánlái dōu shì jiǎ de.
    So it was all a lie.
  • 他坚持原来的计画。
    Tā jiānchí yuánlái de jì huà.
    He stuck to the original plan.
  • 她的头发长回原来的长度了。
    Tā de tóufǎ zhǎng huí yuánlái de chángdùle.
    Her hair grew back to its original length.
  • 他的病较医生原来以为的更严重。
    Tā de bìng jiào yīshēng yuánlái yǐwéi de gèng yánzhòng.
    His illness was more serious than the doctor first thought.
  • 喔,原来老董事长的长相是这个样子!
    Ō, yuánlái lǎo dǒngshì zhǎng de cháng xiāng shì zhège yàngzi!
    Oh, so that’s what the old president looks like!
  • 她与原来的丈夫离婚十年后又复婚了。
    Tā yǔ yuánlái de zhàngfū líhūn shí nián hòu yòu fùhūnle.
    She remarried her former husband ten years after their divorce.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

原 (yuán): former; original; primary; raw; level; cause; source

  •  (chǎng): production facility
  •  (bái): white
  •  (xiǎo): small

来 (lái): to come; to arrive; to come round; ever since; next;

  • (yī): one
  • (zhǔ): stroke
  • (mù): tree

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 原

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

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Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 来

HSK 1 Word List

  • 来(lái): to come; to arrive; to come round; ever since; next

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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