The Chinese word 则 is a conjunction that is commonly used to indicate a contrast or a result. It is often translated as “then”, “as a result”, or “in contrast”. In Chinese grammar, 则 is used to connect two clauses and emphasize the relationship between them. For example, in the sentence “我喜欢吃水果，而他则喜欢吃蔬菜”, 则 is used to contrast the speaker’s preference for fruit with the other person’s preference for vegetables.
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|他喜欢听音乐，而我则喜欢看电影||tā xǐhuān tīng yīnyuè, ér wǒ zé xǐhuān kàn diànyǐng||He likes to listen to music, while I, on the other hand, prefer to watch movies|
|这个问题很复杂，我们需要更多的时间来研究，然而我们的同事则认为这是很简单的问题||zhège wèntí hěn fùzá, wǒmen xūyào gèng duō de shíjiān lái yánjiū, rán’ér wǒmen de tóngshì zé rèntōng zhè shì hěn jiǎndān de wèntí||This problem is very complex, and we need more time to study it, but our colleagues think that it is a simple problem|
|这个餐厅的菜肴种类很多，但是它的服务则很糟糕||zhège cāntīng de càiyáo zhǒnglèi hěn duō, dànshì tā de fúwù zé hěn zāogāo||This restaurant has a wide variety of dishes, but its service is very poor|
则 is part of HSK Level 5 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 7-9.