Decoded Slug: 何况 (hékuàng) - Let alone, not to mention

Mandarin Grammar Point
何况 (hékuàng) - Let alone, not to mention

何况 (hékuàng) - Let alone, not to mention

Short explanation:

Used to express 'even more so' or 'not to mention'.


Clause 1 + ,何况 + Clause 2


Wǒ lián hànyǔ de jīběn zì dōu xiě bù hǎo, hékuàng fùzá de hànzì.
I can't even write the basic Chinese characters well, let alone the complex ones.
Tā lián zìjǐ de gōngzuò dū zuò bù hǎo , hékuàng guǎnlǐ biéren.
He can't even do his own job well, let alone manage others.
Tā lián jīběn de chǎocài dū bù huì, hékuàng zuò fùzá de càiyáo.
She can't even basic fry dishes, let alone make complicated cuisine.
Tā yǐjīng píjuàn de lián zǒulù dōu juédé kùnnan, hékuàng pǎobù.
He is already so tired that even walking feels difficult, let alone running.

Long explanation:

The Mandarin Chinese phrase '何况 (hékuàng)' is a conjunction used to indicate that the following statement or situation is even more true or applicable, given the truth of the preceding statement. In English, it is equivalent to phrases such as 'let alone', 'not to mention' or 'much less'. This phrase is typically known for showing a comparison by expressing something that is even more certain or extreme than what has previously been said.

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