Haishi and Huozhe

Did you realize that “or” can be used both in questions and statements in English?

For example:

Mom: Do you want water or milk? (Question)

Kid: Either water or milk is fine. Thank you. (Statement)

In Chinese there are two different words for “or” – one is for a question, 还是  and one is for a statement 或/或者/或是. This grammar is easy to learn, but it takes practice for it to become second nature to know which one to use.

In this infographic, we talk about the difference between 还是 and 或者. For practice, we created case scenarios. After learning this grammar, students should be able to recognize which is the correct one in the different scenarios.


Use the “can-do” list to check if you learned this grammar.

Can-do checklist:

⃞    I can say “还是” and “或者” in Chinese.

⃞    I can tell when to use “还是”, and when to use “或者”.

⃞    I can tell if people are asking a question or saying a statement from the use of 还是 or 或者.

⃞    I can place both of them correctly in Chinese sentences.


Simplified Chinese Version


Video Credit to Carol from Growmommy.com

Voice over: Carol

Traditional Chinese Version

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