Decoded Slug: 除非 (chúfēi) - Unless

Mandarin Grammar Point
除非 (chúfēi) - Unless

除非 (chúfēi) - Unless

Short explanation:

Used to express a condition in which something will happen or is possible.


除非 + Condition, 否则/不然 + Result


Chúfēi nǐ nǔlì xuéxí, fǒuzé nǐ jiāng bùnéng tōngguò zhège kǎoshì.
Unless you study hard, you will not be able to pass this exam.
Chúfēi tā gōngkāi dàoqiàn, fǒuzé wǒ bù huì yuánliàng tā.
Unless he apologizes publicly, I will not forgive him.
Chúfēi tiānqì hǎo, wǒmen bù huì qù gōngyuán.
We will not go to the park unless the weather is good.
Chúfēi nǐ néng bǎozhèng zhè jiàn shì de ānquán, fǒuzé wǒ bù huì ràng nǐ qù de.
I won't let you go unless you can guarantee the safety of this matter.

Long explanation:

The Mandarin Chinese phrase '除非 (chúfēi)' is used to present a prerequisite condition for a certain outcome to happen. It is equivalent to saying 'unless' in English. The situation or condition being mentioned is often necessary or crucial for the rest of the sentence to be true, or for a certain event to occur.

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