不上

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Chinese[edit]

not; no
 
up; on; on top; upon; first; previous or last; upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; to go up
simp. and trad.
(不上)

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

不上

  1. to not go up; to not ascend
  2. (verbal complement) unable to
    不上 / 不上  ―  gǎn bùshàng  ―  unable to catch up with

Usage notes[edit]

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).