Expressing "both… and…" with ""

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既 (jì) can be used in conjunction with either 又 (yòu) or 也 (yě) to express that something is "both A and B":

Used with 又


既 + A + 又 + B

A and B can be adjectives, verbs or short phrases. Most of the time A and B will take the same form i.e. if A is an adjective B will also be an adjective.


  • 他 做 事情 好。He does things both quickly and well.
  • 这 家 银行 的 服务 热情 周到。This bank's service is both enthusiastic and thorough.
  • 这个 产品 的 设计 时尚 人性化。This product's design is both stylish and humane.

Used with 也


The structure can also be formed with 也, but here it is used primarily for verbs or verb phrases:

既 + [Verb Phrase] ,也 + [Verb Phrase]


  • 是 我 妈妈 , 是 我 朋友。She is both my mother and my friend.
  • 要求 是 你 要 会 说 流利 的 中文 , 要 会 说 流利 的 英文 。The requirement is that you need to speak both fluent Chinese and English.
  • 爸爸 很 生 我 的 气 ,不过 他 没 打 我 , 没 骂 我 。Dad was really mad at me, but he neither hit me nor yelled at me.

See also

Sources and further reading


"HSK4上" is not in the list (HSK0, HSK1, HSK2, HSK3, HSK4, HSK5, HSK6) of allowed values for the "HSK" property. :Yes