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来不及 lái bu jí: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

来不及 (lái bu jí) English Meaning

  • there’s not enough time (to do something)
  • it’s too late (to do something)

Traditional Characters:  來不及

来 forms words in:

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

不 forms words in:

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

及 forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 我已来不及做准备了。
    Wǒ yǐ láibují zuò zhǔnbèile.
    I had no time to prepare.
  • 我们几乎来不及赶火车。
    Wǒmen jīhū láibují gǎn huǒchē.
    We barely had time to catch the train.
  • 快,否则你就要来不及了。
    Kuài, fǒuzé nǐ jiù yào láibujíle.
    Hurry up or you’ll be late.
  • 我时间来不及啦,你快一点呀!
    Wǒ shíjiān láibují la, nǐ kuài yīdiǎn ya!
    I don’t have enough time, hurry up!
  • 要是你老这样举棋不定,我们就来不及了。
    Yàoshi nǐ lǎo zhèyàng jǔqíbùdìng, wǒmen jiù láibujíle.
    If you keep dilly-dallying like this we’ll be late.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

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

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

不 (bú): (negative prefix) no, not

  • (yī): one
  • Unidentified strokes

及 (jí): and; to reach; up to; in time for

  •  (yòu): still / hand
  • : unidentified strokes

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

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 及

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

  • 及格 (jí gé): to pass a test
  • 以及 (yǐ jí): as well as; too; and

HSK 6 Word List

  • 及早 (jí zǎo): at the earliest possible time; as soon as possible
  • 力所能及 (lì suǒ néng jí): as far as one’s capabilities extend (idiom); to the best of one’s ability; within one’s powers
  • 迫不及待 (pò bù jí dài): impatient (idiom); in a hurry; itching to get on with it
  • 普及 (pǔ jí): popular; to popularize; universal; ubiquitous; pervasive
  • 涉及 (shè jí): to involve; to touch upon (a topic)
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