I have this sentence:


Could you please explain?

1 可现在想起来可真是记忆犹新呀!why is there a second 可 here?

2。我可要出点丑了!what is the meaning of 可 here and what does 出点丑 mean?

  • Can you provide some context?
    – Stan
    Nov 12 '13 at 12:02


The first 可 is the abbreviated form of 可是, meaning "however":

The phone was intalled a few years ago, however, I still remember it as clearly as if it's yesterday.

The second 可 is used to emphasize 真是. This 可 can be omitted.


Here 可要 is used to draw more attention from, or to give heads-ups, warnings, or threats to the listeners. 可要 can be reduced to 要.

出丑 means to reveal something shameful or private about oneself to others. 出点丑 simply reduces the amount/intensity of the 'shame' being revealed.

  • 出点丑 is, in my view, better translated as -- "some embarrassment" "Shameful" is too strong a word here and whatever 丑 there is need not necessarily be private. One could 出点丑 even when making a formal speech in an unfamiliar language or singing a song out of tune. Nothing shameful here. So, 出点丑 is a kind of preemptive apology, (formal or informal), designed to deter or prevent an anticipated embarrassing situation or occurrence. Mar 29 '20 at 2:57

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