MandarinEdit

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bèn (Zhuyin ㄅㄣˋ)

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VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese 便 (SV: tiện).

This word belongs to a group of post-reconstructed Old Chinese, pre-Middle Chinese loans in Vietnamese, showing both the correspondence of Vietnamese A tones (ngang/huyền) with Middle Chinese C tone (due to the loss of *-s) and the absence of palatalization in the onset, while the Sino-Vietnamese form from Late Middle Chinese shows the palatalization *bj- > t- and the tonal correspondance between Vietnamese B tones (sắc/nặng) and Sinitic tone C ().

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

bèn (𠂫, 𠂪)

  1. (literary) and so one does something; then; thereupon