Today’s word of the day is 从 (cóng) which means ‘from’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 从 (cóng).
从小 (cóng xiǎo) From young
The first word is 从小(cóng xiǎo) which means ‘from young’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 从 means from and 小 (xiǎo) means little. A way of using it in a sentence is 我从小就喜欢美术。(Wǒ cóngxiǎo jiù xǐhuān měishù.) I have liked art since I was young.
从来 (cóng lái) Always
Another word we can create with 从 (cóng) is 从来 (cóng lái). This means always. However, in the Chinese language, it is mostly negated by adding 不 (bù) in front of the word, to turn the meaning into ‘never’. A way of using it in a sentence is 我从来不说假话。(Wǒ cónglái bù shuō jiǎ huà.) I never tell lies.
从前 (cóng qián) Before
Finally, we can create the word 从前 (cóng qián) which means ‘before’. A way of using it in a sentence is 你看上去跟从前不同了。(Nǐ kàn shàngqù gēncóng qián bùtóngle.) You look different from before.