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]


Noun[edit]

或者

  1. (classical) some people

Adverb[edit]

或者

  1. maybe
    或者抬頭欣賞或者轉念便失去或者轉折遺忘擁抱或者擁緊斷氣 [Literary Cantonese, trad.]
    或者抬头欣赏或者转念便失去或者转折遗忘拥抱或者拥紧断气 [Literary Cantonese, simp.]
    From: 連續劇 by Joey Yung
    Waak6 ze2 jyu1 mau5 zaap6, ngo5 ho2 toi4 tau4 jan1 soeng2 dou3 nei5; waak6 ze2 jat1 zyun2 nim6 bin6 jiu3 sat1 heoi3 nei5; waak6 ze2 zyun2 zit3 zim6 taai3 do1, wai4 mong4 zam2 jung2 pou5 nei5; waak6 ze2 jung2 gan2 pin1 ji5 dyun6 hei3. [Jyutping]
    Maybe in a certain episode, I can lift my head up and admire you; maybe one second later I will lose you; maybe [I] have gone through too many things that [I] forgot how to embrace you; maybe [when I] hold [you] tightly, you have already breathed your last.

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.
  • 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.

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