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不得不 bù dé bù: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

不得不 (bù dé bù) English Meaning

  • have no choice or option but to
  • cannot but
  • have to
  • can’t help it
  • can’t avoid

Traditional Characters:  不得不

不 forms words in:

HSK 1, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

得 forms words in:

HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to see them all.

Sample Sentences

  • 他们不得不后撤。
    Tāmen bùdé bù hòu chè.
    They had no alternative but to retreat.
  • 我不得不详述一下。
    Wǒ bùdé bù xiáng shù yīxià.
    I cannot forbear from going into details.
  • 你不得不制造一些借口。
    Nǐ bùdé bù zhìzào yīxiē jièkǒu.
    You’ll have to manufacture some kind of excuse.
  • 这些都是你不得不做的吗?
    Zhèxiē dōu shì nǐ bùdé bù zuò de ma?
    Is that all you have to do?
  • 我不得不忍受他的坏习惯。
    Wǒ bùdé bù rěnshòu tā de huài xíguàn.
    I have to bear with his bad habit.
  • 伤亡太大,我们不得不撤退。
    Shāngwáng tài dà, wǒmen bùdé bù chètuì.
    We had to retreat because of casualties.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

不 (bú): (negative prefix) no, not

  • (yī): one
  • Unidentified strokes

得 (dé): to obtain; to get; to gain; to catch (a disease); proper; suitable; proud; contented; to allow; to permit; ready; finished;

  •  (chì): walk around
  •  (dàn): dawn; morning; day-break; day;
  •  (cùn): thumb

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 不

HSK 1 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 得

HSK 2 Word List

  • 得(de): structural particle:  used after a verb (or adjective as main verb), linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility, etc.
  • 觉得(jué de): to think; to feel

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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