Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

  1. adverb promptly / right away / already
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: 即 is an aspectual function word indicating a temporal sequence (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 158). For example, 堯、舜既沒,聖人之道衰。'After the death of Yao and Shun, the principles that mark sages fell into decay.' (Mengzi: 6.9/34/20, translation by Legge)
  2. verb to be near by / to be close to
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Position 位
  3. noun at that time
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Time 时间
  4. verb to be exactly the same as / to be thus
    Domain: Written Chinese 书
    Notes: As a synonym for 就是
  5. adjective supposed / so-called
    Domain: Written Chinese 书
    Notes: As a synonym for 假定
  6. conjunction if / but
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: 即 may be used as a subordinating conjunction in Literary Chinese (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 153).

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Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
Book of Sui 《隋書》 卷17 志第12 律曆中 Volume 17 Treatises 12: Measures and the Calendar 2 86
Bamboo Annals 《竹書紀年》 魏紀 Records of the Wei 84
History of Song 《宋史》 卷七十五 志第二十八 律曆八 Volume 75 Treatises 28: Measures and Calendar 8 77
Old Book of Tang 《舊唐書》 卷三十四 志第十四: 曆三 Volume 34 Treatises 14: Calendar 3 69
History of Ming 《明史》 卷三十五 志第十一 曆五 Volume 35 Treatises 11: Calendar 5 69
Book of Sui 《隋書》 卷18 志第13 律曆下 Volume 18 Treatises 13: Measures and the Calendar 3 63
History of Song 《宋史》 卷七十九 志第三十二 律曆十二 Volume 79 Treatises 32: Measures and Calendar 12 63
History of Song 《宋史》 卷七十二 志第二十五 律曆五 Volume 72 Treatises 25: Measures and Calendar 5 62
New History of the Five Dynasties 《新五代史》 卷五十八 新五代史考第一 Volume 58 Examination on the New Five Dynasties : 62
History of Song 《宋史》 卷六十九 志第二十二 律曆二 Volume 69 Treatises 22: Measures and Calendar 2 58