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céng jīng
adv. once, formerly, previously

Simplified Chinese

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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tā céng jīng zài bīn zhōu dà xué xué xí .
phr. She used to study at the University of Pennsylvania.
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bīng xīn céng jīng zài rì běn jiāo guò yí duàn shí jiān wén xué .
phr. Bing Xin used to teach literature in Japan for a short period.
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zhè bù diàn yǐng céng jīng hōng dòng yì shí .
phr. This film was quite a hit at the time.
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suó yǒu de hú dié dōu céng jīng shì yì tiáo máo máo chóng .
phr. All butterflies are turned from caterpillars.
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zhè lǐ céng jīng shì jūn duì de xùn liàn jī dì .
phr. This place used to be the training base of the army.
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tā céng jīng shòu guò shāng , duì tā hǎo yì diǎn .
phr. She was hurt before, so treat her well.
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zhōng guó de jīng jì fā zhǎn céng jīng shí fēn mào jìn .
phr. The economic development of China once advanced rashly.
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kōng xiàng kuàng liú zài le céng jīng guà huà de dì fang
phr. Empty photo frames are left on the walls where the paintings were once displayed.
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zhè shì céng jīng ěr wén , xiáng xì qíng kuàng bù hěn qīng chu
phr. I've heard about it, but I don't know the details.
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nǎi nai nián qīng shí yě céng jīng piào liang guo .
phr. Grandma used to be beautiful too when young.
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tā céng jīng géi wǒ bāng guò máng .
phr. He helped me once.
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shuō qǐ lái tā yě céng jīng shì yì míng chéng gōng de shì yè nǚ xìng .
phr. Now that it's mentioned, she also used to be a successful career woman.