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魚與熊掌不可兼得

MandarinEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

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

ProverbEdit

魚與熊掌不可兼得 (traditional, Pinyin yú yǔ xióng zhǎng bù kě jiān dé, simplified 鱼与熊掌不可兼得)

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

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