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to do things simply and quickly

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三下五除二。

Sān xià wǔ chú èr.

to do things simply and quickly.

“三下五除二”原是珠算加法的一句口诀,也说“三下五去二”,由于这个口诀和动作非常简洁,后用来比喻做事或动作干脆利索。

“三下五除二” is a pithy formula of addition in calculation with an abacus. People also say “三下五去二(Sān xià wǔ qù ér)”. It metaphorically means to do things simply and quickly.

例句

1、甲:这太复杂了!

Jiǎ: Zhè tài fùzá le.

A: This is too complicated.

乙:请李明帮忙吧,他三下五除二就能整理好。

Yǐ: Qǐng Lǐ Míng bāngmáng ba, tā sān xià wǔ chú èr jiù néng zhěnglǐ hǎo.

B: You can ask Li Ming for help. He can simplify it quickly.

2、甲:这道菜真好吃,大家三下五除二就都吃光了。

Jiǎ: Zhè dào cài zhēn hǎochī, dàjiā sān xià wǔ chú èr jiù dōu chī guāng le.

A: This dish is so delicious that we eat it up in seconds.

乙:我再去做一个吧。

Yǐ: Wǒ zài qù zuò yí gè ba.

B: I am going to make one more.

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