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How usually native chinese speaker pronounce the “的” orally in “他妈的”? Is it "Ta Ma De" or "Ta Ma Di"?

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Can you please provide some more context? –  rhughes May 30 at 5:15
    
你他妈的给我滚出去 (note: it's just an example) –  suud May 30 at 6:22
    
In your example, 他妈的 is used as a swear word, meaning F***. Therefore, Ta Ma De is the correct pronunciation. In fact, even if it is used in other non-swearing contexts (meaning His mom's), it is normally pronounced as Ta Ma De as well. –  SF Lee Jun 26 at 3:38
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The here is acting as the possessive, so this means:

His mother's...

From the context that you have shown, 他妈的 should be pronounced:

Ta Ma De
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but in street reality, does people say "Ta Ma De" or "Ta Ma Di" ? –  suud May 30 at 6:18
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When on the street, I hear Ta Ma De –  rhughes May 30 at 6:20
    
I would still say De or Di would both work depending on the regions of China. I heard native people say them interchangeably on the street, even in the military. –  ChineseHulu.com May 30 at 15:45
    
@ChineseHulu.com: do you have proof about "Ta Ma Di"? maybe can show a video here... –  suud May 31 at 8:52
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The only correct answer is "TA MA DE".

This is the equivalent version of "F**K" in Chinese. I never hear people pronounce as "Di".

Thinking it in other way, it will be too soft and feminine if it's pronounced as "Di". It supposed to be strong and speak with hatred.

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This is the correct answer –  Sherlock Jun 2 at 13:50
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Should be De, although 的 can also be pronounced as Di, but it has a different usage, such as 的確, 目的.

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The 的 has two kinds of pronunciation, De and Di. Different pronunciation is used for different cases.

In 他妈的, the 的 is pronounced like: De, which makes the whole thing: Ta Ma De.

I also never hear people say Ta Ma Di.

In case you didn't know, 他妈的 or 他麻痹(Ta Ma Bi) means Mother F**ker in English.

Hope this helps!

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"他媽的" is a brief form of "他媽的屄(bi)", where 屄(bi) is a noun, meaning = woman's sex organ (may be offensive for somebody)

So the pronunciation of 的 here should be /de/ in neutral tone.

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De and Di and both accurate. Di is more colloquial.

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What do you mean? I would say this expression is very colloquial in itself, so saying that one pronunciation is more colloquial makes little sense to me. –  Olle Linge Jun 6 at 2:05
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De or Di would both work depending on the regions of China.

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Please elaborate more... –  suud May 30 at 3:19
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In my region, Shandong Province, it's pronounced as tE ma de

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