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ㄌㄜ ˙



了 is a 2 stroke, simplified and traditional Chinese character and is pronounced as le in the fifth tone, however it can also be pronounced as liǎo, or liào.

In traditional Chinese the character may be used.

  • ㄌㄜ ˙



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by BobWebb

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let it be in the past
by Casper07x

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LEt it be 了insh-ed, throw it in the past...
by JoYousOjOe

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"The <PAST> is <FINISHED>, and the future's <CLEAR> & <BRIGHT>," says Anne, putting on her sunglasses as she steps ful[ly ou]tside her vil[la].
by vms5q

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We found 3 pronunciations for 了


Definitions for 了 pronounced as le

  • (modal particle intensifying preceding clause)
  • (completed action marker)

Definitions for 了 pronounced as liǎo

  • to finish
  • to achieve
  • variant of 瞭|了[liao3]
  • to understand clearly
  • (of eyes) bright
  • clear-sighted
  • to understand clearly

Definitions for 了 pronounced as liào

  • unofficial variant of 瞭[liao4]


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HSK1 part 1

by monicadepaul 162 characters

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by Inkyll 34 characters

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by John_Lam 10 characters

Book 5 part 2

by Junon 199 characters

Book 2 part 2

by Junon 154 characters

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