yǐ qián
n. before, earlier times
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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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yǐ qián wǒ hé tā yì qǐ zhù , hòu lái tā bān dào wài mian qù le .
phr. I used to live together with him, but later he moved out.
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wó yǐ qián zuò guo xiāo shòu jīng lǐ .
phr. I used to work as a sales manager.
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tā mā ma bú ràng tā zài shí bā suì yǐ qián yǔ yì xìng péng you jiāo wǎng .
phr. Her mother didn't allow her to make male friends before eighteen.
shàng kè yǐ qián
phr. before the class
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zài gǔ shì xià zhōu yī zài cì kāi pán yǐ qián , zhè gěi le rén men chōng zú de shí jiān píng jìng xià lái
phr. Before the market opened up again on Monday, this gave people plenty of time to settle down.
sān nián yǐ qián
phr. three years ago