Chinese Grammar: Lesson: Offer choices with 还是
Here’s a very serious question for you: Do you like Nincha or Lupishu or Baimei more? Ha-ha, maybe your answer is “All of them!” Good for you! Nonetheless, we’re going to see here how to say “or” in Chinese, and that's 还是 (háishì). It’s always useful to know how-how to offer choices when you’re asking a question and to have a way to give options, isn’t it? Let’s see how to use 还是 to say “or”!
When you want to ask someone to choose between different options, use 还是 to express “or”.
__Option A + 还是 + Option B __
To ask someone to choose between different options, just place 还是 in between the two options you're providing. Simple, no?
Let's insert these options in a full sentence; shall we? Don't worry, it's just as easy, and works like this:
Subject + Verb + Option A + 还是 + Option B ?
The important thing to keep in mind is that you can only use 还是 to provide options in questions.
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