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English Definitionif not; otherwise; else; or else
Simplified Script否则
Traditional Script否則
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄈㄡˇ ㄗㄜˊ
Cantonese (Jyutping)fau2zak1
Part of Speech(连) conjunction
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=4; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
fǒuto negate; to deny; not
(conjunction used to express contrast with a previous clause) but; then; standard; norm; principle; to imitate; to follow; measure word for written items

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
否定fǒudìngto negate; to deny; to reject; negative (answer); negation
否认fǒurènto declare to be untrue; to deny
否决fǒujuéto veto; to overrule
否定句fǒudìng jùnegative sentence
否有效fǒu yǒuxiàoinefficient
Words With Same Tail Word    
原则yuánzéprinciple; doctrine
规则guīzérule; regulation; rules and regulations
准则zhǔnzénorm; standard; criterion
法则fǎzélaw; rule; code
以身作则yǐ shēn zuò zéto set an example (idiom); to serve as a model
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