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本来 běn lái: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

本来 (běn lái) English Meaning

  • original
  • originally
  • at first
  • it goes without saying
  • of course

Traditional Characters:  本來

本 forms words in:

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来 forms words in:

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Sample Sentences

  • 你本来可以做的。
    Nǐ běnlái kěyǐ zuò de.
    You could have done it.
  • 我本来应该读一下这本书。
    Wǒ běnlái yīnggāi dú yīxià zhè běn shū.
    Of course I should read this book.
  • 本来这间房间里没有家具。
    Běnlái zhè jiān fángjiān lǐ méiyǒu jiājù.
    The room originally had no furniture.
  • 我们本来应该留在家里的。
    Wǒmen běnlái yīnggāi liú zài jiālǐ de.
    We should’ve stayed at home.
  • 这首诗本来是用法文写的。
    Zhè shǒu shī běnlái shì yòng fǎwén xiě de.
    This poem was originally written in French.
  • 这套房间本来是准备给5口人住的。
    Zhè tàofáng jiān běnlái shì zhǔnbèi gěi 5 kǒu rén zhù de.
    The apartment was originally meant for five.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

本 (běn): roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; classifier for books, periodicals, files etc; originally

  • (mù): tree
  • (yī): one

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 本

HSK 1 Word List

  • 本 (běn): origin; source; roots or stems of plants; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; classifier for books, periodicals, files, etc.; originally 

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 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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