可以

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Chinese[edit]

 
can; may; able to; certain(ly); to suit; (particle used for emphasis)
 
to use; according to; so as to; in order to; by; with; because; Israel (abbrev.)
simp. and trad.
(可以)

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

可以

  1. can; may
    可以警告  ―  Nǐ bù kěyǐ jǐnggào tā.  ―  You can't warn him.
  2. can; to be able
    現在科學可以說明許多神秘 [MSC, trad.]
    现在科学可以说明许多神秘 [MSC, simp.]
    Xiànzài kēxué kěyǐ shuōmíng xǔduō shénmì de shì. [Pinyin]
    Science can now account for many mysterious things.
    根據口音可以判斷可能來自下江地區 [MSC, trad.]
    根据口音可以判断可能来自下江地区 [MSC, simp.]
    Gēnjù tā de kǒuyīn kěyǐ pànduàn chū tā kěnéng láizì Xiàjiāng dìqū. [Pinyin]
    From his accent we can infer that he maybe is from the downstream area of the Yangtze River.

Adjective[edit]

可以

  1. passable; pretty good; not bad; all right; OK
    休息可以  ―  Nǐ xiūxi jiù kěyǐ le.  ―  If you rest a while, you'll be alright.

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 可以 (“can; may”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese 可以
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 可以
Mandarin Beijing 可以能夠
Taiwan 可以能夠
Cantonese Guangzhou 可以
Hong Kong 可以
Taishan 可以
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 做得
Liudui (S. Sixian) 做得可以使得
Hsinchu (Hailu) 做得
Dongshi (Dabu) 使得做得
Zhuolan (Raoping) 做得
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 會用
Min Nan Xiamen 會使會當會做會做得會用會用得會得會得通會通
Quanzhou 會做會用會用得會得會得通會通
Zhangzhou 會使會當會用會用得會得會得通會通
Taipei 會使會當會做得 mT會得 mT會得通 mT mT
Kaohsiung 會用得會使會當
Tainan 會用得會使會當
Taichung 會用得會使得
Hsinchu 會用得會使
Lukang 會使會當
Sanxia 會使會當
Yilan 會使會當
Kinmen 會使會當
Magong 會使會當
Note mT - mainstream Taiwan (no particular region identified)

Derived terms[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this word

Verb[edit]

可以

  1. Hán tự form of khả dĩ, “possible”