What does it mean in the sentence - 取得成功的人往往都经历过许多失败,他们和普通人的区别就是他们都坚持了下来 ? I know that 下来 is the "it's going down", but i don't know what meaning it has here.

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It means: They persisted and carried on. They did not give up.

If your question focuses on why "下来" is used here: It (as well as other "来/去" words) is frequently used in retrospect of past progress and completion. I am not sure if this is formal enough in official writing but it is common. Consider the next examples:

  1. 一路走来 / 一路走下来
  2. 这几个月下来 / 这几个月以来
  3. 把这篇文章背下来
  4. 我看不下去
  5. 坚持不下来 / 坚持不下去

These are all acceptable uses.


来 refers to the action of coming/walking over from a far point (start) to a near point (end), and 下 is the direction of counting from the start/top to the end/bottom; combined, 下来 means through the entire journey (from start/far to end/near).

  • 取得成功的人往往都经历过许多失败,.... 他们都坚持了下来 - Oftentimes, the successful persons have had experienced quite a few failures (on the way to success), ... they all clung to the journey (from start to the end) regardless.
  • Thank you for such the simple explanation!!! However, could you tell me something else? I mean 下去 ? Maybe in this sentence: 有些路很远,走下去会很累. I saw in the dictionary that it can also mean "from beginning to end"
    – Tatiana
    May 16 at 14:01
  • 下去 has the meaning of "to go down", and "to continue (from here to the end)". My translation will be "Some roads are quite distant, to continue to walk/travel down (the long road) will certainly be quite tired/worn out.".
    – r13
    May 16 at 17:47
  • Thank you very much😃
    – Tatiana
    May 17 at 9:22
  • You are welcome.
    – r13
    May 17 at 13:28

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