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English Definition(conjunction used to express contrast with a previous clause) but; then; standard; norm; principle; to imitate; to follow; measure word for written items
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(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄗㄜˊ
Cantonese (Jyutping)zak1
Part of Speech(副) adverb, (量) measure word
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate

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则个zégè(old sentence-final expression used for emphasis)
则是zéshìto imitate
则步隆zé bù lóngZabulon or Zebulun, biblical land between Jordan and Galilee (Matthew 4:15)
则辣黑zé là hēiZerah (name)
Words With Same Tail Word    
原则yuánzéprinciple; doctrine
否则fǒuzéif not; otherwise; else; or else
规则guīzérule; regulation; rules and regulations
准则zhǔnzénorm; standard; criterion
法则fǎzélaw; rule; code
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