phải

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See also: phai and phái

Vietnamese[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

phải (, , )

  1. (often with bên) right (side, direction)
    Đi bên phải đường.
    Go on the right side of the road.
    Rẽ (tay) phải. Quẹo (tay) phải.
    Turn right.
  2. correct
    Không phải như thế.
    Not so.
  3. obverse
    mặt phải của tấm vải
    the obverse of a piece of cloth

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Verb[edit]

phải

  1. (modal auxiliary) must, have to, should
    Tôi phải đi ngay.
    I must go right away.
    Phải đủ điểm mới được lên lớp.
    One must earn high enough grades to be promoted to the next grade.
  2. (transitive) to have to endure (something unpleasant)
    Giẫm phải gai.
    If you tread (on it), you’ll get thorns.
    ngộ phải gió độc
    in case one encounters bad wind (i.e., the cold or inclement weather)
    Tôi đi phải ngày mưa gió.
    I had to go on a rainy and windy day.

Particle[edit]

phải

  1. yes (in reponse to a question containing phải)

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