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Lesson 7 – The Comparison Between 还是(háishì) vs 或者(huòzhě)

Notes:

还是

  1. It shows the action/behavior/state of something/someone remain unchanged.

structure:

Subject + 还是 + verb/adj./noun

e.g.

我还是不明白。 ( wǒ hái shìbù míngbai. )

 

  1. It shows making a decision after comparison or a second thought.

structure:

Subject + 还是 + verb/verbal phrase

e.g.

天快 黑 了,你还是别出去 了。( tiān kuài hēi le, nǐ hái shì bié chū qù le. )

 

  1. It is used in an interrogative sentence to ask for the choice.

structure:

A + 还是 + B?

e.g.

你想喝咖啡还是茶? ( nǐ xiǎng hē kāfēi  hái shì chá? )

 

或者

It is used in a declarative sentence, showing the parallel relationship.

structure:

A + 或者 + B。

e.g.

有不懂的问题,就来问我,或者去问同学。 ( yǒu bù dǒng de wèntí, jiù lái wèn wǒ, huò zhě qù wèn tóngxué.)

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