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Native speaker. agrees with 倪阔乐. Speaking from experience, there is no common way to stress the gender in Mandarine without significantly change the style of speaking (e.g. nobody would use 伊人 or 红颜 in everyday conversation and those two words are not limited to females). That's why when my friends told me stories about another person I don't know, I would ...


By context. Originally there were no gender specific pronouns, but 他 was used for he, she and it. Western languages influenced Chinese in this regard, although Chinese have earlier also had a rather complex system of honorific pronouns (like 朕). A feminist discussion in the Western world of today concerns the default usage of "he" and related prnouns (and ...

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