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English Definitionought to; should; must
Simplified Script应该
Traditional Script應該
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄧㄥ ㄍㄞ
Cantonese (Jyutping)jing1goi1
Part of Speech(形) adjective, (副) adverb, (助动) auxiliary verb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=3; TOP=Basic,Intermediate
Word Decomposition
yīngto agree (to do something); should; ought to; must; (legal) shall
gāishould; ought to; probably; must be; to deserve; to owe; to be somebody's turn to do something; that; the above-mentioned

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Words With Same Head Word    
应当yīngdāngshould; ought to
应分yīngfènshould be divided; part of the job; one's duty under the circumstances
应名yīngmíngnominally; in name only
应城yīngchéngYingcheng district of Xiaogan city 孝感市, Hubei
应届yīngjièthis year's; the current year's
Words With Same Tail Word    
活该huógāi(coll.) serve somebody right; deservedly; ought; should
不该bùgāishould not; to owe nothing
合该hégāiought to; should
但该dàngāibut this
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