Learn Chinese for Free—Lesson 31

Lesson 31 of 360

Today's Chinese characters:

父母亲

妈妈 is the colloquial word for 'mother' (mummy, mum, ma). Today you're going to learn how to address her, and your father, in a more formal way.

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Father and mother; parents
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Father
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Mother
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Fathers do their duties as fathers and sons do their duties as sons
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Fathers neglet their duties as fathers while sons neglet their duties as sons


Dialogue 26

A:
认识父母
B:
认识
A:
父亲母亲
B:
你们你们儿子朋友
C、D:

Welcome back our dear number one most frequently used Chinese character!

Let's see how it's used in today's dialogue.

你们儿子朋友

First of all, a little review:

is used between a modifier (before ) and a noun (after ).

A modifier qualifies or modifies a noun and the modified noun is called headword or central word. Sometimes, the structural particle is needed between the modifier and the noun; at other times, however, it is not required.

sometimes: MODIFIER + NOUN

at other times: MODIFIER + + NOUN

When a personal pronoun is used as modifier and the headword is a word for relatives, parts of the body or units or collectives to which the pronoun belongs, the structural particle may be omitted.

In our sentence, is omitted when it's said "你们儿子", because we have here a personal pronoun used as modifier and the headword is a word for relatives.

你们: Modifier
儿子: Headword

As you can see below, however, when this pronoun-headword construction itself is used as modifier, cannot be omitted.

你们儿子朋友

你们儿子: Modifier
朋友: Headword

In English we'd say "the friend of your son" or "your son's friend".


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Lesson 31 of 360

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