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I have noticed that there are two different pronunciations of 得: - Usually it's pronounced "de". - in some situations it's pronounced "dei" as in:

老百姓想自强
那就得学习点别人先进的东西。

When is “得” pronounced “de” and when is it pronounced “dei”?

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  • děi

Is a verb that means:

need/must

Like:

我们得走了
We gotta go.



  • de

Is an auxiliary partial that modifies or qualifies a verb.

Like:

说得好!
Well said!

  • Perhaps you may also point out 得de for the word 不得, which means "shall not". It's a formal word which often appears in legal texts. – Huang Oct 28 at 0:58

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