Taxonomy of meanings for 或:

  • huò (OC: ɡʷɯɯɡ MC: ɦʷək) 胡國切 入 廣韻:【不定也疑也胡國切五 】
    • “some”- “others”PRONOUN
      • npro.adN:adVat some N, V
      • npro.adVrepeatedsome... others (often hard to distinguish from "either... or"); some..., the others
      • npro+V(.postN{TOP})some, certain individuals (referring to the subject of the verb that follows); someone, anyone
      • nprosingularsomeone, anyone
      • nproanaphoricthe aforementioned unidentified person
      • npro+V{PRED}referentiala certain person
      • npro.postN:+V{PRED}referentiala certain npro belonging to the category N [many examples of SOME need to be moved here!CH]; certain such npros
      • npro.postN:+V{PRED}some, any
      • nproa certainthere are those who
      • npro.adVdefinitethe one..., the other 二者,或有餘於數,或不足於數,
      • npro V.postN{TOP}singularsomebody of N; one of N
      • time>SOMETIMES
        • npro.adVon occasion; sometimes; sometimes (...but at other times...); one moment, (and at another moment...)
        • padVrepeatedon some occasions... on other occasions; sometimes..., at other times
        • npro.adVfigurativein some cases
        • unforeseen>COINCIDENCE
          • padSby some chance, by any chance, as it happened
          • subordinating: “if by chance”>IF
            • padS1.adS2if by any chance, suppose by chance
          • uncertain>PERHAPS
            • padVperhaps; presumably; as things are
            • or perhaps>OR
              • padVrepeatedeither... or; or perhaps
              • padV1.postV2or (see 或復)
          • abrupt>SUDDENLY
        • distinct> OTHER CAO RISHENG 2002: 207 JIE HUIQUAN 2005: 291