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See also: 唔系



hold in mouth; bite; (Cant.) no/not
be; connection; relation; tie up; bind
trad. (唔係)
simp. (唔系)




  1. (Cantonese) to not be
  2. (Cantonese) Used in interrogative sentences, to express a certain emotion. Equivalent to “... not ... ?”
    唔係已經 [Cantonese, trad.]
    唔系已经 [Cantonese, simp.]
    Ngo5 m4 hai6 ji5 ging1 tung4 nei5 gong2 zo2 me1? [Jyutping]
    Didn't I already talk to you about this/it?


  • (not be): ()
Dialectal synonyms of 不是 (“to not be”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 不是
Mandarin Beijing 不是
Taiwan 不是
Jinan 不是
Xi'an 不是
Wuhan 不是
Chengdu 不是
Yangzhou 不是
Hefei 不是
Cantonese Guangzhou 唔係
Hong Kong 唔係
Taishan 唔係
Yangjiang 無係
Gan Nanchang 不是
Hakka Meixian 毋係
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 毋係
Liudui (S. Sixian) 毋係
Hsinchu (Hailu) 毋係
Dongshi (Dabu) 毋係
Hsinchu (Raoping) 毋係
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 毋係
Jin Taiyuan 不是
Min Bei Jian'ou 伓是
Min Dong Fuzhou 伓是
Matsu 伓是
Min Nan Xiamen 毋是
Quanzhou 毋是
Zhangzhou 毋是
Taipei 毋是
Kaohsiung 毋是
Tainan 毋是
Taichung 毋是
Hsinchu 毋是
Lukang 毋是
Sanxia 毋是
Yilan 毋是
Kinmen 毋是
Magong 毋是
Penang 毋是
Chaozhou 唔是
Shantou 唔是
Wu Shanghai 勿是
Suzhou 勿是
Wenzhou 否是
Xiang Changsha 不是
Shuangfeng 不是



  1. (Cantonese) otherwise


  • (otherwise):