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hái shi
conj. or (used when the speaker does not know which one it is)
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Someone told me the word can mean still....is it true?
Shīya3
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Hi there! Yes that is right! Accordingly we have two entries of 还是 in the trainchinese dictionary. It can be an adverb or a conjunction:
- 还是 / 還是 [hai2 shi5] , (adv) still
- 还是 / 還是 [hai2 shi5] , (conj) or (used when the speaker does not know which one it is)
lisaC
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Thanks!
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"(是)…还是…?" is usually used to form alternative questions. 还是 is used before the alternative elements, which can be the subject (Example 1), the predicate (Example 2 & 3), the adverbial adjunct of time (Example 4), etc. Please note that the first 是 can often be omitted.
Example 1. 是你说了算,还是他说了算? [phr] Do you have the final say or does he have the final say?
Example 2. 你是去德国,还是去法国? [phr] Are you going to Germany, or are you going to France?
Example 3. 你的狗是公的,还是母的? [phr] Is your dog a he or a she?
Example 4.你儿子是今年还是明年上大学? [phr] Your son goes to college this year or next year?
lisaC
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