Keshi haishi and danshi, what's the difference?

May 17, 2010, 04:53 PM posted in General Discussion

I know danshi means "but", for example I think it can be used for this: wo yao chi fan dan shi wo mang si le (I like to eat but I am too busy). How do you use keshi, and can you describe the use of haishi again? I've seen it before. Thanks.

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May 18, 2010, 06:02 AM

haishi还是 always being used in a "question sentence".e.g.A haishi还是 B? You have to choose one.

keshi可是 always has the same meaning as danshi但是.(when means "but")

但是always being used with 虽然。


keshi has another meaning when when used to discribe something unexpected.

e.g.你想进去玩吗?这儿可是要收钱的。(Do you want to come in? However it is not for free.)

I dont know whether you can understand me or not.

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还是 isn't only used in a question sentence. Take for example this sentence from the lesson "A Dodgy Opportunity for Lao Wang":


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