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而 ér: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

而 (ér) English Meaning

  • yet (not)
  • and
  • as well as
  • and so
  • but (not)
  • (indicates causal relation)
  • (indicates change of state)
  • (indicates contrast)

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

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

Sample Sentences

  • 鼓声平稳而缓慢。
    Gǔ shēng píngwěn ér huǎnmàn.
    The beat of the drum was steady and slow.
  • 心有余而力不足。
    Xīn yǒuyú ér lì bùzú.
    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  • 如此痛切而清晰!
    Rúcǐ tòngqiè ér qīngxī!
    So poignant and clear!
  • 剩奶最后一舔而光。
    Shèng nǎi zuìhòu yī tiǎn ér guāng.
    One last lick andthe milk was gone.
  • 她的头发长而美丽。
    Tā de tóufǎ cháng ér měilì.
    Her hair is long and beautiful.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

hsk 3 er

而 (ér): and; as well as; and so; but (not); yet (not); (indicates causal relation); (indicates change of state); (indicates contrast)

  •  (ér): and

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 而

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

  • 而(ér): yet (not); and; as well as; and so; but (not); (indicates causal relation); (indicates change of state); (indicates contrast)
  • 然而(rán ér): however; yet; but

HSK 5 Word List

  • 从而(cóng ér): thus; thereby
  • 反而(fǎn ér): instead; on the contrary; contrary (to expectations)
  • 因而(yīn ér): therefore; as a result; thus; and as a result, …

HSK 6 Word List

  • 半途而废(bàn tú ér fèi): to give up halfway (idiom); leave something unfinished
  • 不言而喻(bù yán ér yù): it goes without saying; it is self-evident
  • 而已(ér yǐ): that’s all; nothing more
  • 进而(jìn ér): and then (what follows next)
  • 侃侃而谈(kǎn kǎn ér tán ): to speak frankly with assurance;
  • 锲而不舍(qiè ér bù shě): to chip away at a task and not abandon it (idiom); to chisel away at something; to persevere; unflagging efforts
  • 时而(shí ér): occasionally; from time to time
  • 总而言之(zǒng ér yán zhī): in short; in a word; in brief
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