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Mandarin pinyin pronunciation
cái
Cantonese jyutpin pronunciation
choi4
Short definition only then
Usage frequency Very common
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All available English definitions (preceded by a clause of condition or reason) not untilMDBG iconjust nowMDBG icon / (followed by a numerical clause) onlyMDBG icon / only thenAdso icon / a moment agoMDBG icon/
Copyleft icon Adso icon Adso: only then
Copyleft icon Cantofish icon Cantofish: samecdic
Copyleft icon MDBG icon MDBG: a moment ago; just now; (preceded by a clause of condition or reason) not until; (followed by a numerical clause) only
Copyleft icon LDC icon LDC: ability; talent; endowment; gift; an expert; only (then); only if; just; not until
Copyleft icon Cdict icon CDict: just; not until'
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(shéi shéi) also pr. shui2
(cái) only then
(shì) is
(wǒ) I
真正的( zhēn zhèng de) really
父母(fù mǔ) parents

Who are my real parents?

(wǒ) I
(dì) variant of 悌ti4
觉得(jué de) to feel
(tā) another
比我( bǐ)
(qiángqiǎng) strong
但他( dàn tā)
(cái) only then
六岁(liùsuì)

My brother thinks that he's stronger than me. But he's only six years old.

(tā) she
(cái) only then
(shì) is
真正的( zhēn zhèng de) really
巫婆(wū pó) witch

She is a true witch!

(tā) another
(gāng) recent
(cái) only then
到了(dào le dào liǎo) finally

He had just arrived.

我刚( gāng)
(cái) only then
在家(zài jiā) to be at home

I was at home.

(tā) another
(hé) with
(wǒ) I
简直(jiǎn zhí) at all
心有灵犀( xīn yǒu líng xī)
(cái) only then
(gāng) recent
(shuō) to scold
一句(yī jù) a sentence
另一方(lìng yī fāng) another side
已经(yǐ jīng) already
回应(huí yìng) response

He and I have a near-telepathic understanding of each other. No sooner does one of us say something than the other is already responding.

我们( men) us
(cái) only then
(yī) all
到家(dào jiā) perfect
就下(jiùxià)
(qǐ) to rise
(yǔ) to wet
来了(láile)

It started raining as soon as we got home.

这个(zhè gè) this one
婴儿(yīng ér) baby
直到(zhí dào) right until
吃饱了(chī bǎo le) to eat until full
(cái) only then
停下(tíng xià) to stop
不哭( bù kū)

It was not until the baby was fed that he stopped crying.

(tā) another
(lǎo) very
(pó) grandmother
很有(hěn yǒu) to be really
(cái) only then

His wife is quite a talented woman.

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