不过 (bu guo): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

By | May 11, 2018

不过 (Chinese PinYin: [bù guò]; traditional Chinese:不過) may mean: (1) conj. however, e.g. 感冒了不过不严重 (getting a cold but not serious); (2) adv. exceedingly, e.g. 再好不过 (cannot be better); (3) adv. just, e.g. 不过是个神话 (it’s just a myth); (4) verb. pass, e.g. 熬不过 (be unable to sustain). Literally: 不 (not) + 过 (pass). The term is an everyday vocabulary and can be used in both formal and informal Mandarin Chinese. Some example phrases and expressions are: 熬不过 (be unable to endure), 躲不过 (cannot avoid), 只不过 (just), 拧不过 (can’t go against), 说不过 (unable to outspeak), 事不过三 (one shouldn’t make the same mistake more than three times).

1. How to pronounce 不过?

Chinese Pinyin: [bù guò]

Pronunciation examples: Please click to play the below audio.

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2. Synonyms And Antonyms of 不过

Synonyms: 但是, 只是, 可是, 不外, 然而,

Antonyms: N/A

3. What are the fixed expression, collocation and idioms that contains 不过.

Fixed expression: 只不过 (just), 不过如此 (just so so),

Collocation: 再好不过 (cannot be better), 不过是个神话 (it’s just a myth), 打不过 (be no fighting match for), 熬不过 (be unable to endure), 躲不过 (cannot avoid), 拧不过 (can’t go against), 说不过 (unable to outspeak),

Idioms: 不过尔尔 (just so so), 事不过三 (one shouldn’t make the same mistake more than three times),

Terminologies: N/A

4. How to use 不过 in a sentence?

Below are some example sentences and quotes containing 不过.

4.1 这不过是个传说。

Translation: This is just a legend.

4.2 他上大学时不过12岁.

Translation: He was only twelve when he was enrolled into the university.

4.3 你打不过他

Translation: You are too weak to fight against him.

4.4 这张沙发很好看, 不过小了点儿。

Translation: This sofa looks fine, but it is a little smaller.

4.5 与我们的自我认知相比,公众舆论不过是一个软弱的霸王。

Translation: Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.

4.6 这说不过去

Translation: This does not make any sense.

4.7 不过最出彩的表演来自饰演爱尔兰扛把子的保罗·纽曼,一个和蔼但令人生畏的人。

Translation: But it was galvanised by one last, blistering performance from Newman as an Irish-Catholic mob boss – a man at once kindly, protective and terrifying.

4.8 只不过是有些词的发音很拗口,因为跟英文完全不一样

Translation: Just a few of the sounds are hard to pronounce, because they are quite different from English.

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