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Do people in Taiwan add the 阿 or 儿 as suffixes to a family member's name like they do in China? I know that there are some similarities and differences and I was wondering if they also extended to diminutives.

Also, are those used for loved ones (like boyfriend/girlfriend), or very close friends? Or is it just family?

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    阿 is very common. Many Taiwanese have great difficulty in pronounce 儿 correctly :)
    – r13
    Sep 7, 2021 at 1:57
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    阿 as suffix? No. It is used as a prefix.
    – joehua
    Sep 7, 2021 at 1:57
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    @r13 Does it matter which character in a name? For example, for someone called 陳彥廷 could you do 阿彥 or 阿廷? Or it has to be the first character in the name? And thank you again. :) Sep 8, 2021 at 15:02
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    @AmeliaAlbergee It does not matter, as long as the guy accepts it. Commonly his friend will call him 阿廷, but his sweetheart may call him 阿彥 to differentiate herself. 阿 can be in the middle of a person's full name, say 陳阿三, 李阿妹, if this is your question.
    – r13
    Sep 8, 2021 at 15:47
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    @AmeliaAlbergee While it is not a derogation word, for a person's full name with 阿 in it, people will speculate on his parents' education level and family background. As in the past in the rural area, a poor uneducated parent sometimes does not know how to pick a proper and meaningful name for the new born, while asked the name for the kid during ID registration, the parents might answer "在家裡我們叫他阿狗啦". When encountered with an impatient registration clerk, the child may end up with the name "黃阿狗" :) However, he may change the name later for the reason that the given name "不雅聞 (聽來不雅)".
    – r13
    Sep 8, 2021 at 16:56

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阿 is commonly used in front of a character as a nickname or term of endearment (e.g. 阿妹 instead of 張惠妹). But I have never heard anyone use 兒.

As for when it is used, I think it can be found in all circumstances, but I think it also depends on the person.

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