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Meaning of 了

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(Trad.: 瞭)
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Pictographic: A child swaddled in blanklets; compare 子
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  • Pinyin: le

    English Definition: (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
    Chinese Definition:
    ①表示肯定语气。[合]明天又是星期六了;要过新年了,人们都很高兴。
    ②表示促进或劝止。[合]快躲了;别吵了!闪开了!
    ③表示感叹语气。[例]好了!别闹了!
    ④另见liǎo。

    Example Words:
    不行了 [ xíng le ]: (coll.) on the point of death; dying
    又来了 [ yòu lái le ]: Here we go again.
    为了 [ wèi le ]: in order to; for the purpose of; so as to
    除了 [ chú le ]: besides; apart from (... also...); in addition to; except (for)
    得了 [ le ]: all right!; that's enough!
  • Pinyin: liǎo

    English Definition: to finish; to achieve; variant of ; to understand clearly; (of eyes) bright; clear-sighted; to understand clearly
    Chinese Definition:
    ①明白,知道:明了。一目了然。
    ②完结,结束:完了。了结。
    ③在动词后,与“不”、“得”连用,表示可能或不可能:看不了。办得了。
    ④与“得”、“不得”前后连用,表示异乎寻常或情况严重:那还了得!
    ⑤了。
    ⑥放在动词或形容词后,表示动作或变化已经完成:写完了。
    ⑦助词,用在句子末尾或句中停顿的地方,表示变化,表示出现新的情况:刮风了。

    Example Words:
    到了 [ dào liǎo ]: at last; finally; in the end
    不了 [ liǎo ]: unable to; without end
    一目了然 [ liǎo rán ]: obvious at a glance (idiom)
    大不了 [ liǎo ]: at worst; if worst comes to worst; serious; alarming
    了不起 [ liǎo bu ]: amazing; terrific; extraordinary
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