1. Vocabulary Introduction:

  • 顺着 (shùnzhe): “Along with” or “following.” Indicates compliance or going along with something.
  • 别人 (biérén): “Others” or “someone else.”
  • 的 (de): A possessive or descriptive particle.
  • 谎言 (huǎngyán): “Lies” or “falsehoods.”
  • 被动 (bèidòng): “Passive” or “passively.”
  • 就 (jiù): “Then” or “thus.” Used to indicate a result or a condition’s conclusion.
  • 不 (bù): “Not.” A negation particle.
  • 显得 (xiǎnde): “Seem” or “appear.” Indicates how something looks or is perceived.
  • 可怜 (kělián): “Pitiful” or “pathetic.”

2. Grammar and Structure:
The sentence begins with “顺着,” indicating compliance or going along with something.
This is immediately followed by the object of the action: “别人 谎言.” Breaking this down:

  • 别人” – Refers to “others” or “someone else.”
  • ” – A possessive or descriptive particle linking “别人” to “谎言.”
  • 谎言” – “Lies” or “falsehoods,” the object being complied with.

The latter part of the sentence, “被动就不显得可怜,” states a condition and its perceived outcome. Breaking this down further:

  • 被动” – Means “passive” or “passively,” describing a state of being.
  • ” – “Then” or “thus,” used here to link the state of being passive to the outcome that follows.
  • 显得” – “Not seem” or “does not appear,” describing the perception of the passive state.
  • 可怜” – “Pitiful” or “pathetic,” the perceived outcome of being passive in this context.

3. Translation and Meaning:
A direct translation would be: “Following others’ lies, being passive then/thus does not seem pitiful.”
In natural English, it would translate to: “Going along with others’ lies, one doesn’t appear pitiful by being passive.”

4. Conveying Nuance:
This phrase suggests that conforming to others’ falsehoods and maintaining a passive stance can be seen as a strategic or deliberate choice, rather than a pitiable or weak one. It reflects a perspective where passivity in the face of deception is not necessarily viewed as negative or deserving of pity.

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Mandarin

The Beginner by Joker Xue

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Particle indicating an ongoing action

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What is the English translation of: 不 - bù

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What is the English translation of: 别 - bié

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What is the English translation of: 别人 - biérén

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What is the English translation of: 被动 - bèidòng

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What is the English translation of: 谎言 - huǎngyán

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Passive

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What is the English translation of: 显得 - xiǎndé

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What is the English translation of: 可 - kě

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What is the English translation of: 就 - jiù

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Along

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Pitiful

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What is the Mandarin translation of: But

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Appear

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What is the English translation of: 着 - zhe

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Don't

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Only

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Lies

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What is the English translation of: 顺著 - shùnzhe

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What is the English translation of: 可怜 - kělián

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What is the Mandarin translation of: No / Not

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Others

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What is the Mandarin translation of: Person

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What is the English translation of: 人 - rén

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