How to use 还是?

I understand that "还是" can be used in the pattern "是…还是" to present an either-or choice, e.g.你是吃饭还是吃水果.

But sometimes 还是 is not used like this. I see sentences like 你还是来了, is it different from 你来了?Why should "还是" be used here? 

asked 8 years, 5 months ago


1 Answer

In sentences like 你还是来了, 还是 is used to indicate that the decision is made after consideration. 

  • 他还是放弃了那份工作。He gives up that job after all.
  • 我还是决定去美国。I finally decide to go to USA.


还是 can also be used to indicate that the situation keeps unchanged, which can be translated to "still":

  • 他还是喜欢唱歌。He still likes singing.
  • 丽丽还是爱着孙浩。 Lily still loves Sun Hao.

answered 8 years, 5 months ago


0     Thank you, you are really helpful! -- Stony Wood 8 years, 5 months ago

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