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English Definitiononly if (..., or otherwise, ...); only when; only in the case that; unless
Simplified Script除非
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄔㄨˊ ㄈㄟ
Cantonese (Jyutping)ceoi4fei1
Part of Speech(连) conjunction, (副) adverb
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
chúto get rid of; to remove; to exclude; to eliminate; to wipe out; to divide; except; not including
fēito not be; not; wrong; incorrect; non-; un-; in-; to reproach or blame; (colloquial) to insist on; simply must; abbr. for 非洲, Africa

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
除了…以外chúle … yǐwàibesides; apart from; in addition to; except for
除了chúlebesides; apart from (... also...); in addition to; except (for)
除夕chúxīlunar New Year's Eve
除外chúwàito exclude; not including something (when counting or listing); except for
除此之外chú cǐ zhīwàiapart from this; in addition to this
Words With Same Tail Word    
是非shìfēiright and wrong; quarrel
并非bìngfēireally isn't
无非wúfēionly; nothing else
似是而非sì shì érfēiapparently right but actually wrong; specious (idiom)
南非nánfēiSouth Africa
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