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shì xiān
adv. in advance, ahead of time
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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.
zhè jiàn shì qing wǒ shì xiān yì diánr yě bù zhī xiǎo .
phr. I knew nothing about this matter before.
yí qiè dōu shì xiān liào lí hǎo le .
phr. Everything had been arranged ahead of time.