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What is the function of MEN (們) in Mandarin?

asked Jan 2, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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According to Chaofen Sun (2006), MEN (們) is one type of inflectional morphemes in Chinese. It is a plural suffix which only applies to human nouns and pronouns in an optional manner. For instance, w˘o-m´en (我們) stands for “we”, and h´aizi-m´en (孩子們) means “children.” However, other Chinese nominals generally do not mark plurality.

answered Jan 2, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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