不上

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin bùshàng [Phonetic: shàng]
Zhuyin ㄅㄨˋ ㄕㄤˋ
IPA (key) /pu⁵¹⁻³⁵ ʂɑŋ⁵¹/

AdverbEdit

不上 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin bùshàng or búshàng)

  1. unable to
    trad. 趕不上, simpl. 赶不上
    Unable to catch up with

VerbEdit

不上 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin bùshàng or búshàng)

  1. to not go up; to not ascend

Usage notesEdit

When placed behind a verb, 不上 has a meaning of "unable to achieve" + verb. The opposite to 不上 would be 得上 ("able to" + verb).

Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 00:48