了 (liao): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

By | March 23, 2018

了 (Chinese PinYin: [liǎo]; traditional Chinese:了) may mean: (1) verb. Finish; (2) verb. Be able/unable to do sth (used with 得 or 不 after a verb, indicating possibility); (3) adv. [used in the negative tone] completely. It is one of the most frequently used Chinese characters and can combine with other characters to form various phrases and expressions such as 了不起 / 了不得 (extraordinary), 了得 (extraordinary), 了断 (finish), 了结 (settle), 了解 (understand), 了解 (clear; understand well), 了事 / 了账 (settle a matter).

1. How to pronounce 了?

Chinese Pinyin: [liǎo]

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2. Synonyms And Antonyms of 了

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

Fixed expression: 了不起 / 了不得 (extraordinary), 了得 (extraordinary), 了断 (finish), 了结 (settle), 了解 (understand), 了解 (clear; understand well), 了事 / 了账 (settle a matter),

Collocation: 大不了 (big deal),

Idioms: 不了了之 (left unsettled), 草草了事 / 敷衍了事 (finish a job roughly), 吃不了兜着走 (find oneself in serious trouble), 了然于胸 (under one’s belt), 了如指掌 (know sb./sth. like the palm of one’s hand),

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4. How to use 了 in a sentence?

Below are some example sentences and quotes containing 了.

4.1 我和他都了解事实情况。

Translation: He and I both know the facts.

4.2 你肯定比我更了解你自己。

Translation: You know yourself better than I do.

4.3 你也可以做了不起的事情。

Translation: You can also do extraordinary things.

4.4 我的朋友们,这必须有一个了结。

Translation: My friends, this must come to an end.

4.5 在医院里,裸露没什么大不了的。

Translation: At the hospital, nudity is no big deal.

4.6 五月份中国电信的垄断地位被破除,分为两个相互独立的公司时,这个问题也就不了了之了。

Translation: This issue was left unsettled when China Telecom’s monopoly was removed in May in favour of two separate companies.

4.7 她在离开美国前, 了了她的所有心愿.

Translation: She fulfilled all her wishes before leaving America.

4.8 我受不了了.

Translation: I can’t bear it anymore.

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