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只好 zhǐ hǎo: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

只好 (zhǐ hǎo) English Meaning

  • without any better option
  • to have to
  • to be forced to

Traditional Characters:  只好

只 forms words in:

好 forms words in:

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Sample Sentences

  • 我们只好放弃汽车。
    Wǒmen zhǐhǎo fàngqì qìchē.
    We’ll have to dispense with a car.
  • 这件事只好作罢了。
    Zhè jiàn shì zhǐhǎo zuòbàle.
    The matter will have to be dropped.
  • 你只好隐伏几个星期。
    Nǐ zhǐhǎo yǐnfú jǐ gè xīngqí.
    You’d better lie low for a few weeks.
  • 我们只好等等看,现在无能为力。
    Wǒmen zhǐhǎo děng děng kàn, xiànzài wúnéngwéilì.
    We shall just have to wait and see; there’s nothing we can do at the moment.
  • 遇有急用时,我们只好动用积蓄。
    Yù yǒu jí yòngshí, wǒmen zhǐhǎo dòngyòng jīxù.
    If push comes to shove, we shall have to use our savings.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

只 (zhǐ): only; merely; just; but

  • 口 (kǒu): mouth
  • 丶 (zhǔ): stroke

好 (hǎo): good; well; proper; good to; easy to; very; so; (suffix indicating completion or readiness); (of an unmarried couple) to be close; to be keen on each other

  • 女 (nǚ): woman
  • 子 (zi): child

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Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 好

HSK 1 Word List

  • 好 (hǎo): good; well; proper; good to; easy to; very; so; (suffix indicating completion or readiness)

HSK 2 Word List

HSK 3 Word List

HSK 4 Word List

HSK 5 Word List

HSK 6 Word List

*CL: Classifier/Measure Word

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