Decoded Slug: 不然 (bùrán) - Otherwise, or else

Mandarin Grammar Point
不然 (bùrán) - Otherwise, or else

不然 (bùrán) - Otherwise, or else

Short explanation:

It is used to express the consequences if action is not taken.


Statement + 不然 + Result of Consequence


Nǐ yīnggāi jǐnkuài wánchéng zuòyè, bùrán lǎoshī huì shēngqì de.
You should finish your homework as soon as possible, otherwise the teacher will be angry.
Wǒmen yīnggāi zǎodiǎn chūfā, bùrán kěnéng huì cuòguò huǒchē.
We should set off early, otherwise we might miss the train.
Nǐ zuì hǎo dài shàng yǔsǎn, bùrán rúguǒ xià yǔ nǐ huì lín shī de.
You'd better bring an umbrella, otherwise if it rains, you'll get wet.
Wǒmen zǎodiǎn líkāi ba, bùrán kěnéng huì yùdào jiāotōng dǔsè.
Let's leave early, otherwise we might encounter traffic jams.

Long explanation:

The Mandarin Chinese phrase '不然 (bùrán)' is similar to 'otherwise' or 'or else' in English. It is used when expressing the potential negative or undesired outcome that may occur if a certain action is not performed. This expression gives a sense of urgency or importance to the preceding clause.

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