還是

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Chinese[edit]

 
pay back; return; also; in addition; more; still; else; yet; (not) yet
be; yes; this
trad. (還是)
simp. (还是)

Pronunciation[edit]


Adverb[edit]

還是

  1. still
    還是喜歡 / 还是喜欢  ―  háishì hěn xǐhuan nǐ.  ―  I still like you a lot.
  2. nevertheless; yet
    離異家庭到底還是影響孩子 [MSC, trad.]
    离异家庭到底还是影响孩子 [MSC, simp.]
    Líyì jiātíng dàodǐ háishì huì yǐngxiǎng dào háizi. [Pinyin]
    Children from divorced families will be affected in the end.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (still):
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Conjunction[edit]

還是

  1. or
    中國菜還是日本料理 [MSC, trad.]
    中国菜还是日本料理 [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐ yào chī Zhōngguócài háishì Rìběn liàolǐ? [Pinyin]
    Do you want to eat Chinese food or Japanese food?
    無論中國菜還是日本料理自助餐喜歡 [MSC, trad.]
    无论中国菜还是日本料理自助餐喜欢 [MSC, simp.]
    Wúlùn nǐ xiǎng chī Zhōngguócài háishì Rìběn liàolǐ, zìzhùcān dōu huì yǒu nǐ xǐhuān de. [Pinyin]
    Whether you want Chinese or Japanese food, the buffet will have what you like.
    你們這次旅遊自助還是跟團兒 [MSC, trad.]
    你们这次旅游自助还是跟团儿 [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐmen zhèicì lǚyóu shì zìzhù háishi gēntuánr a? [Pinyin]
    For this trip, are you travelling by yourselves or with a tour group?

Usage notes[edit]

  • While 還是还是 (when meaning "or") is exclusively used in questions and in phrases with words like 不管 (bùguǎn) or 無論无论 (wúlùn), its synonym 或者 (huòzhě) (or (huò)) is only used in statements.

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 還是 (“or”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 抑或或是
Mandarin Beijing 還是
Taiwan 還是
Cantonese Guangzhou 定係
Hong Kong 定係
Taishan 毋又
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 還係也係
Liudui (S. Sixian) 還係也係
Hsinchu (Hailu) 還係也係
Dongshi (Dabu) 還係也係
Hsinchu (Raoping) 還係也係
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 抑係
Min Nan Xiamen 抑是
Quanzhou 抑是
Zhangzhou 抑是
Taipei 抑是
Chaozhou 抑是

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