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this will be my first post on this forum and I hope you all can help me with Mandarin Chinese in the future.
The pronouns are then
它 - it
adding 们 to these make the pronuns plural
我们 - we
你们 - you ( plural casual)
您们 - you ( plural polite)
他们 - they (all are men)
她们 - they (all are women)
它们 - they (all animals/objects)
I wonder, since third person singular is always pronunced "tā", the only way to knowit the person meant he, she or it, is by the character. Also, is it possible to express neutral plural i.e. no sex of person mentioned, in Chinese? What are the social rules of the use of pronouns in different situations?
Thank you in advance.
Whether it's possible to express neutral plural or not...I'm not sure this could be a problem in spoken Chinese because of the same pronunciations "tā" and "tā mén", or if you can judge the mentioned person's gender according to certain hints in a certain situation.These hints might involves: 1. Name, like English ones "Anna" "Antonia"(female) and "Adam" "Abraham" (male); 2. Voice (if possible); 3. A short description about that person from someone or the Web.
I think people in your country have different ways of knowing how to deal with your question properly and similarly you would get some clues from that.
In addition, this pronun "他们" can be used to refer to not only two or more men but a mixed group of men and women.
I think people have different ways of knowing how to deal with your question properly if it happens in your country*
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