A daughter to her police father,

"How did you find me?" “你怎么找到我的?”

"I'm a detective." “我可是个警探。”

可是 means

but however yet

But it doesn't make sense here.

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    “我可是个警探。” "Come on. I'm a f-word detective.” Nov 27, 2020 at 8:34
  • Two meanings for 可是: 1. but. 2. indeed.
    – Shaw
    Nov 29, 2020 at 21:05

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Here 可是 is two words 可 + 是 and not one word: 可是. Here 可 + 是 is an adverbial phrase that it used to emphasize something. Take a look at Pleco C-E's definition:

[for emphasis]

Zhè yú kě shì xīnxiān de.
The fish is really fresh.

Shuōhuà kě shì yào suànshù de.
You can never go back on your word.


This 可 is to emphasize the statement. In English you would just pronounce "is" or "am" emphatically.

I am a detective.

This is the biggest piece of cake.

I am the tallest in our class.

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