běn lái
adj./adv. original; originally, in the past; in the first place, as a matter of course, naturally
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Traditional Chinese

Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
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yǒu xiē jiāo tōng shì gù běn lái shì ké yǐ bì miǎn de .
phr. Some traffic accidents can be avoided before they happen.
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lì shǐ xué jiā de gōng zuò shì huán yuán lì shǐ de běn lái miàn mào .
phr. The historian's work is to find the original appearance of history.
běn lái miàn mù
n. true colors, true features
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ní běn lái shuō hǎo yào lái de ya .
phr. You originally agreed to come.
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ní běn lái jiù bù yīng gāi qù běi jīng .
phr. You shouldn't have gone to Beijing in the first place.