cóng qián
n. in the past, before
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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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wǒ men cóng qián shì hǎo péng you
phr. We were good friends before.
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cóng qián tā zǒu dào ná lǐ , tā zǒng shì jǐn gēn dào ná lǐ
phr. She used to follow closely after him every place he went.
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wǒ cóng qián méi lái guo
phr. I've never been here before.
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cóng qián yǒu yì tiáo hé , hé shàng méi yǒu qiáo .
phr. In the past there was a river, and there was no bridge over the river.