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English Definitionmight (happen); can (happen); possible; probable; possibility; probability; maybe; perhaps
Simplified Script可能
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ
Cantonese (Jyutping)ho2nang4
Part of Speech(名) noun, (副) adverb, (助动) auxiliary verb
Measure Words
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=2; TOP=Basic
Word Decomposition
can; may; able to; to approve; to permit; to suit; (particle used for emphasis) certainly; very
néngcan; to be able to; might possibly; ability; (physics) energy; (Chinese surname)

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Words With Same Head Word    
可以kěyǐcan; may; possible; able to; not bad; pretty good
可是kěshìbut; however; (used for emphasis) indeed
可怕kěpàawful; dreadful; fearful; formidable; frightful; scary; hideous; horrible; terrible; terribly
可怜kěliánpitiful; pathetic; to have pity on
Words With Same Tail Word    
才能cáinéngtalent; ability; capacity
功能gōngnéngfunction; capability
性能xìngnéngfunction; performance
技能jìnéngtechnical ability; skill
只能zhǐnéngcan only; obliged to do something; to have no other choice
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