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To Think, to Recall: 想到、想出来、想起来

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ID: QW0416 Intermediate
What's the difference between all these words containing the character 想 xiǎng? In today's lesson we help you distinguish between 想到 Xiǎngdào, 想出来 xiǎng chūlái, and 想起来 xiǎng qǐlái. They can translate as "to remember", "to figure out", and "to think of." It's easy to confuse when to use which, so in today's lesson, you'll hopefully be much clearer about when to use which.  
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想到
xiǎngdào
to think of; to call to mind
哪里有烤箱呢?啊!我想到了!我朋友喜欢做蛋糕,他一定有烤箱。
nǎli yǒu kǎoxiāng ne ?ā !wǒ xiǎngdào le !wǒ péngyou xǐhuan zuò dàngāo ,tā yīdìng yǒu kǎoxiāng 。
Where would one find an oven? Ah! I've got it. My friend loves making cake. I'm sure he'll have an oven.
我今年常常想到你。
wǒ jīnnián chángcháng xiǎngdào nǐ 。
I often thought of you this year.
想不到
xiǎngbùdào
can't think of; hard to imagine; who could have thought that...
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