Basic: yǐ qián 以前 / yǐ hòu 以后, before and after

Study how to say before and after in Chinese

Nouns; Yǐ qián 以前 (before) and yǐ hòu 以后 (after), always denote temporal reference and never position in space.

 

名词。常常出现在名词或动词性词语后面,表示时间。

 

1. yǐ qián 以前, before

Before breakfast. zǎo cān yǐ qián 早餐以前
Before going abroad. chū guó yǐ qián 出国以前
Before tomorrow, we have to finish all English homework. míng tiān yǐ qián wǒ men yào zuò wán suǒ yǒu de yīng wén zuò yè。 明天以前我们要做完所有的英文作业。
Two hours before doing exercise, do not eat anything. yùn dòng yǐ qián liǎng gè xiǎo shí,bú yào chī dōng xī。 运动以前两个小时,不要吃东西。
Before the exam, we have to review everything. kǎo shì yǐ qián,wǒ men yào hǎo hǎo fù xí。 考试以前,我们要好好复习。
Before sleeping, I like to read a bit. shuì jiào yǐ qián,wǒ xǐ huān kàn kàn shū。 睡觉以前,我喜欢看看书。

 

2. yǐ hòu 以后, after

After dinner. wǎn fàn yǐ hòu 晚饭以后
After getting up. qǐ chuáng yǐ hòu 起床以后
After travelling to Spain, he learned to dance Flamenco. lái xī bān yá yǐ hòu,tā xué huì le tiào fú lā míng gē wǔ。 来西班牙以后,她学会了跳弗拉明戈舞。
After next Friday, we will have holiday, I am travelling to Singapore with my family. xià gè xīng qī wǔ yǐ hòu,wǒ men jiù fàng shǔ jiǎ le,wǒ hé jiā lǐ rén yào qù xīn jiā pō lǚ xíng。 下个星期五以后,我们就放暑假了,我和家里人要去新加坡旅行。
After graduate from university , I want to become an engineer. dà xué bì yè yǐ hòu,wǒ xiǎng dāng yì míng gōng chéng shī。 大学毕业以后,我想当一名工程师。
After meeting him, we use to do sport together. We run, swim, and play badminton together. rèn shí tā yǐ hòu,wǒ men cháng cháng yì qǐ qù duàn liàn shēn tǐ。wǒ men yì qǐ pǎo bù,yóu yǒng,dǎ yǔ máo qiú。 认识他以后,我们常常一起去锻炼身体。我们一起跑步,游泳,打羽毛球。