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Expressing "then…" with "name"

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Are you looking for another way to use 那么 (nàme)? Then, take a look at this article!

Structure

When expressing "Then...," you can use 那么 or 那 in order to begin a judgment or result from previous context. An example of this in English would be "Then, what should we do?"

Situation ,那么 + Suggestion / Decision

Examples

  • 他 不 听 , 我 应该 怎么办 ?Tā bù tīng, wǒ yīnggāi zěnmebàn? He wouldn't listen. What shall I do then?
  • 你 说 这个 办法 不行 , 你 有 别的 办法 吗 ?Nǐ shuō zhège bànfǎ bù xíng, nǐ yǒu bié de bànfǎ ma?You said this idea is not going to work. So any other good idea?
  • 大家 都 到 了 ,那么 我们 开始 吧 。Dàjiā dōu dào le, nàme wǒmen kāishǐ ba.Everybody is here, so let's begin.
  • 雨 停 了 , 我们 走 吧 。Yǔ tíng le, wǒmen zǒu ba.The rain stopped. Shall we go?
  • 你 说 得 有 道理 ,那么 就 这么 办 吧 。Nǐ shuō de yǒu dàolǐ, nàme jiù zhème bàn ba.What you said makes sense to me, so just do it as you said.
  • 他 学 过 十 年 中文 ? 他 的 中文 说 得 很 好 吧 ?Tā xué guo shí nián Zhōngwén? tā de Zhōngwén shuō de hěn hǎo ba?He's studied Chinese for ten years? He must speak Chinese very well?
  • 他 表现 不错 ,那么 让 他 通过 吧 。Tā biǎoxiàn bùcuò, nàme ràng tā tōngguò ba.He performed well, so let him pass.
  • 会议 时间 已经 确定 了 , 你 快点 去 安排 吧 。Huìyì shíjiān yǐjīng quèdìng le, nǐ kuài diǎn qù ānpái ba.The meeting time has been set up. So please arrange it soon.
  • 他们 没有 提前 通知 我们 ,那么 这 是 他们 的 责任 。Tāmen méiyǒu tíqián tōngzhī wǒmen, nàme zhè shì tāmen de zérèn.They did't let us know in advance. Then they should be responsible for this.
  • 实现 这个 目标 应该 不 难 ,那么 我们 一起 努力 吧 。Shíxiàn zhège mùbiāo yīnggāi bù nán, nàme wǒmen yīqǐ nǔlì ba.It shouldn't be difficult to reach this goal. Let's make an effort.

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