Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

不如 bùrú

  1. bùrú verb not equal to / not as good as
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Comparison 比较
    Notes: For example, in literary Chinese, 巧詐不如拙誠 'it is better to be simplictically honest than cleverly deceitful', from Han Feizi's Shuo Lin Shang (DCP 'Q102'; GHC '不如' 1; NCCED '不如' 1).
  2. bùrú adverb inferior to / it would be better to
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Comparison 比较 , Concept: Correlative 关联词
    Notes: This adverb is often used as a connecting word in the main clause of subordinate complex sentences (NCCED '不如' 2).

Contained in

还不如巧诈不如拙诚不如法猪狗不如禽兽不如

Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 襄公 Lord Xiang 22
History of Ming 《明史》 卷二百五十五 列傳第一百四十三 劉宗周 黃道周 Volume 255 Biographies 143: Liu Zongzhou, Huang Daozhou 16
Guanzi 《管子》 匡君小匡第二十 Chapter 20: Kuang Jun Xiao Kuang 14
Stratagems of the Warring States 《戰國策》 卷五 秦三 Chapter 5: Qin III 13
Stratagems of the Warring States 《戰國策》 卷二十五 魏四 Chapter 25: Wei IV 13
Han Feizi 《韓非子》 說林上第二十二 Chapter 22: Collections of Persuasions I 12
Stratagems of the Warring States 《戰國策》 卷七 秦五 Chapter 7: Qin V 12
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 僖公 Lord Xi 12
Stratagems of the Warring States 《戰國策》 卷一 東周 Chapter 1: Eastern Zhou 12
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 昭公 Lord Zhao 12

Collocations

Simplified Traditional Example Example Reference Frequency
不如死 不如死 不如死之久矣 The Book of Songs 《詩經》 小雅‧谷風之什‧蓼莪 Minor odes of the kingdom - Gu Feng Zhi Shen - Liao E 8
不如待 不如待 不如待後之人 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 宣公 Lord Xuan 4
不如速 不如速 不如速戰 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 襄公 Lord Xiang 4
不如叔 不如叔 不如叔也 The Book of Songs 《詩經》 國風‧鄭‧叔于田 Lessons from the states - Odes of Zheng - Shu Yu Tian 3
不如早 不如早 不如早為之所 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 隱公 Lord Yin 3
不如子 不如子 不如子之衣 The Book of Songs 《詩經》 國風‧唐‧無衣 Lessons from the states - Odes of Tang - Wu Yi 3
不如伐 不如伐 不如伐庸 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 文公 Lord Wen 3
不如仁 不如仁 不如仁人 Book of Documents 《尚書》 周書 泰誓中 Zhou Shu - Great Declaration II 3
不如西 不如西 不如西鄰之禴祭 The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《坊記》 Record of the Dykes 3
不如人 不如人 猶不如人 The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 僖公 Lord Xi 3