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        otherwise / but / however

Traditional: 則
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Grammar: Conjunction
Notes: In Literary Chinese, may mark an exposed noun phrase for contrast, expressesing contrast with a previous sentence or clause. In this sense, it is found in the pattern 'SUBJECT 则 PREDICATE.' This indicates constrast with a preceding statement (ABCE '則'; FE '則' 4; GHDC '则' 14; Pulleyblank 1995, p. 72).
Parent concept: 虚词 (Function Words)
Topic: Modern Chinese

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