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English Definitionotherwise; or else; how about...?; either... (or...)
Simplified Script要不
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄧㄠˋ ㄅㄨˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)jiu3bat1
Part of Speech(连) conjunction
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
yàoimportant; vital; to want; to ask for; will; going to (as future auxiliary); may; must; (used in a comparison) must be; probably; if
(negative prefix); not; no

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Words With Same Head Word    
要紧yàojǐnimportant; urgent
要好yàohǎoto be on good terms; to be close friends; striving for self-improvement
要点yàodiǎnmain point; essential
要命yàomìngto cause somebody's death; very; extremely; frightening; annoying
要犯yàofànmajor criminal
Words With Same Tail Word    
毫不háobùhardly; not in the least; not at all
不得不bùdé bùhave no choice or option but to; cannot but; have to; can't help it; can't avoid
绝不juébùin no way; not in the least; absolutely not
岂不qǐbùhow couldn't...?; wouldn't it...?
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