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can; may; able to; certain(ly); to suit; (particle used for emphasis)
be; yes; this
simp. and trad.
(可是)

PronunciationEdit


ConjunctionEdit

可是

  1. however; but
    中國人可是普通話 [MSC, trad.]
    中国人可是普通话 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ bù shì zhōngguórén kěshì wǒ huì shuō pǔtōnghuà. [Pinyin]
    I am not Chinese but I can speak Mandarin Chinese.
    可是溫柔 [MSC, trad.]
    可是温柔 [MSC, simp.]
    “Wǒ Hěn Chǒu Kěshì Wǒ Hěn Wēnróu” [Pinyin]
    "I am Ugly, but I am Gentle" (a 1988 song by Chief Chao)

SynonymsEdit

Dialectal synonyms of 但是 (“but; however”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 但是, , 可是, 不過, 然而
Mandarin Beijing 但是, , 可是, 不過
Taiwan 但是, , 可是, 不過
Cantonese Guangzhou 但係, 不過, 之不過, 之但係
Hong Kong 但係, 不過, 之不過, 之但係
Taishan 但係
Hakka Meixian 但係
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 但係, 毋過
Liudui (S. Sixian) 但係, 毋過
Hsinchu (Hailu) 但係, 毋過
Dongshi (Dabu) 但係, 毋過
Hsinchu (Raoping) 但係, 毋過
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 毋過
Min Dong Matsu 但是
Min Nan Xiamen 但是, 毋過, 毋句, 不過, 不而過
Quanzhou 但是, 毋句, 不過, 不而過
Zhangzhou 但是, 毋過, 不過, 不而過
Taipei 但是, 毋過, 不而過
Penang tapi, 但是
Singapore tapi
Philippines (Manila) 但是, 毋句
Medan tapi
Thailand (Bangkok) 但是, แต่ว่า
Wu Shanghai 但是, 必過, 不過