或者

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Chinese[edit]

 
maybe; perhaps; might; possibly; or
‑ist, ‑er (person); person (who does sth)
simp. and trad.
(或者)

Pronunciation[edit]


Conjunction[edit]

或者

  1. or
    A或者B  ―  A huòzhě B  ―  A or B

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Mandarin, 或者 is exclusively used in statements, while 還是还是 (háishì) is only used in questions. The inclusion of 還是/还是 in a sentence replaces the need for (ma) as a question word.
  • In Cantonese, 或者 is exclusively used in statements, while 抑或 (jik1 waak6) or 定係定系 (ding6 hai6) is only used in questions.

Synonyms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

或者

  1. maybe

Noun[edit]

或者

  1. (Classical Chinese) some people