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Pronunciation : lái
Meaning :
  1. come (to); arrive. (v)
  2. used before a verb, indicating an intended or suggested action. (v)
  3. future; coming; next. (adj)
  4. used after a time expression, indicating a period of time that extends from the past up to the present. (particle)
Radical :
Strokes : 7
Traditional :
Usage : 82.9%
1. He came twice today.
jīn tiān lái guo liǎng
: he, him
今天 : today
: come
: used after a verb to indicate the completion of an action
两次 : twice
2. Let me ask you.
lái wèn
: I, me
: indicating an intended action
: ask, question
: you
3. He can predict the future.
néng zhī wèi lái
: he, him
: able to, can
预知 : predict
未来 : future
4. I’ve never seen him before.
cóng lái méi yǒu jiàn guò
: I, me
从来 : from the past till the present, ever
没有 : never before
: see, meet
: used after a verb to indicate the completion of an action
: he, him

4 thoughts on “来”


    Is it possible to use lái like that?

    women lai he kafei ma?

    or like this


    Which one is correct or both?

    1. Hi Choon Wai,
      The word “来”, in your sentences, is used before a verb to indicate an intended or suggested action.
      Both are correct in the usage.

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