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in_lab

要是 and 如果 - What's' the difference?

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in_lab

Inspired by the "danshi or keshi" thread, I wanted to ask about the difference between 要是 and 如果 for "if." When I was in Chinese class, we learned 要是 first, and didn't learn 如果 for about three months. However, it seems that 如果 is much more common in daily speech. But when I pronounce "ruguo" I have a tendency to stutter on the first syllable, so I asked a friend, can't I just give up saying "ruguo" and switch to "yaoshi"? My friend said no, but I don't understand why. Does "yaoshi" sound old-fashioned or strange?

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magietao

hi,in_lab

I think '如果' is always in the sentence like '如果……就','要是' is in '要是……那么(就)'

for example:

如果你听懂了,你就点点头。

if you use '要是',

for example:

要是你听懂了,那么你(就)点点头。

Hope it helps.

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charlescpp

I will say 你要是听懂了,就点点头.

如果 is more officail, i think. I seldom use 如果 in daily speech.

So write 如果 and say 要是.

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amazingdido

something else:

要是 is usually used in oral but on occasion it is somewhat offensive and threatening,for example:

要是你还不停止哭闹,今天晚上就别吃饭了

要是 is stronger than 如果.

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Roee

在台湾平常听到了“要是“。 在上海一般来说人人都用“如果”。在北京呢?

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amazingdido

我觉得在北京比较少听到“要是”,大多数时候都是“如果”,我总是觉得“要是”有点那么不太友好:mrgreen:

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in_lab

Thanks for the interesting comments. Maybe I'll try using yaoshi more, and listen more closely to what other people say.

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magietao

When I review this post I suddenly suppose other opinion maybe it is impossible :P

On pronouncing 要是 sound like 要死?Have you heard from other friends talk about this?Perhaps if you say 要是 always puzzle your friends?

good lucky.

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