魚與熊掌不可兼得

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Chinese[edit]

fish
 
and; to give; together with; take part in; (interrog. part.)
cannot
 
double; twice; simultaneous; holding two or more (official) posts at the same time
 
a sentence particle used after a verb to show effect; degree or possibility; to have to; must; ought to; to need to; obtain; get; gain; proper; suitable; proud; contented; allow; permit; ready; finished
trad. (魚與熊掌不可兼得) 熊掌 不可
simp. (鱼与熊掌不可兼得) 熊掌 不可

Etymology[edit]

Literally: One cannot get fish and bear's paw at the same time.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proverb[edit]

魚與熊掌不可兼得

  1. One can't have one's cake and eat it, too.