Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 34
Today's Chinese characters:
details 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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Welcome back our dear number one most frequently used Chinese character!
Let's see how it's used in today's dialogue.
First of all, a little review:
An attributive usually modifies a noun and the modified is called headword or central word. Sometimes, the structural particle 的
sometimes: ATTRIBUTIVE + HEADWORD
at other times: ATTRIBUTIVE + 的
When a personal pronoun is used as an attributive and the headword is a word for relatives, parts of the body or units or collectives to which the pronoun belongs, the structural particle 的
In our sentence, 的
details is omitted when it's said "你们
details", because we have here a personal pronoun used as an attributive and the headword is a word for relatives.
As you can see, however, this attributive-headword construction itself is used as an attributive, and this time 的
details cannot be omitted.
In English we'd say "the friend of your son" or "your son's friend".
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Chinese Character 70 of 1000
appearance score: # 589
|-||Father; male relative of a senior generation; person who invents something, person who begins something|
|-||Man, elderly man; a man's courtesy name|
Chinese Character 71 of 1000
appearance score: # 565
|-||Mother; one's elderly female relatives; concave; source|
Chinese Character 72 of 1000
appearance score: # 362
|-||Parent; relative; marriage, match; bride|
|-||Related by blood; close, intimate, dear|
|-||In person, personally|
|-||Kiss; be close to|
|-||(First character of the Chinese word meaning 'parents of one's daughter-in-law or son-in-law' and 'relatives by marriage': 亲家|
This character has a different traditional version.
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