Meaning and pronunciation of 是

Simplified/traditional character



  • to be
  • yes

HSK levels


  • (rì): sun
  • (zhèng): just (right); main; upright; straight; correct; positive; greater than zero; principle; to correct; to rectify;

Characters with the same pronunciation

  • : life; age; generation; era; world; lifetime; epoch; descendant; noble;
  • : matter; thing; item; work; affair; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1];
  • : to seem; to appear; to resemble; similar; -like; pseudo-; (more) than;
  • : power; influence; potential; momentum; tendency; trend; situation; conditions; outward appearance; sign; gesture; male genitals;
  • : member of the senior ministerial class (old); scholar (old); bachelor; honorific; first class military rank; specialist worker;
  • : room; work unit; grave; scabbard; family or clan; one of the 28 constellations of Chinese astronomy;
  • : market; city; CL:個|个[ge4];
  • : type; form; pattern; style;
  • : persimmon (fruit);
  • : clan name; maiden name;
  • : to show; to reveal;
  • : to look at; to regard; to inspect;
  • : oath; vow; to swear; to pledge;
  • : to test; to try; experiment; examination; test;
  • : to fit; suitable; proper; just (now); comfortable; well; to go; to follow or pursue;
  • : (of time) to pass; to die;
  • : to explain; to release; Buddha (abbr. for 釋迦牟尼|释迦牟尼[Shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2]); Buddhism;
  • : decoration; ornament; to decorate; to adorn; to hide; to conceal (a fault); excuse (to hide a fault); to play a role (in opera); to impersonate;

Sentences examples with 是

  • 大杯子是我的。
    Dà bēizi shì wǒ de.
  • 你的名字是什么?
    Nǐ de míngzì shì shénme?
  • 漂亮的女人是谁?
    Piàoliang de nǚrén shì shuí?
  • 我的医生是一个好人。
    Wǒ de yīshēng shì yīgè hǎorén.
  • 穿红衣服的是服务员。
    Chuān hóng yīfú de shì fúwùyuán.

Words containing 是, by HSK level

HSK 1 vocabulary list

  • (shì): to be; yes

HSK 2 vocabulary list

HSK 4 vocabulary list

HSK 6 vocabulary list