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Why in Chinese Bible (和合本), "you" was translated as "你" instead of "您"?

"I thought 您 is more polite and honorific and thus should be used when address Jehovah. Why was "you" translated as "你" instead of "您"?" 你 is, in fact, the ...
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

Sure, there are many different ways to mean "father" in Chinese: 父亲:a formal and polite word, not usual for daily use 令尊:a very polite word to replace "your father" 家父: equals to “my father” when ...
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Why in Chinese Bible (和合本), "you" was translated as "你" instead of "您"?

In my opinion, this question is not specific in Chinese. In fact, many languages use the singular form of the second person to address God. Here is a quote from Wikipedia's article "thou". ...
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How do I write "One can ..." / "You can ..." (general personal pronoun) in Chinese?

Which personal pronouns can I use in an instruction in Chinese to replace the English "one" user3306356's answer did not answer this question. Yes, the subject (or it's pronouns) can be ...
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How do I write "One can ..." / "You can ..." (general personal pronoun) in Chinese?

Pronouns are often omitted in Chinese when the context is clear. I’m so tired is often just said as: 好累啊 Are you okay? can be rendered as: 还好吗? and so on and so forth. In the examples you ...
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

可以的,但是单独的“爸”字是一种比较口语话的,一般情况下,在比较正式的文章上并不能使用。
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

Yes, In my mind,I always say "爸爸" or "妈妈" when I was children. But now ,I always say them "爸" or "妈“ . Because,"爸爸" or "妈妈",It sounds very childish。
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

通常人们从少年时期开始就叫自己的爸爸"爸",但小孩通常都是说爸爸。但是,写文章的时候不能用爸,必须用爸爸。说活时,哪一个都能用。
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

To be politer, you say 爸爸, although you can say 阿爸 with less formality and politeness, but 爸 is the worst. I get told off when I call my dad 爸. Hope this helps you.
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How can I use 其 properly?

其, in ancient Chinese, is used as a personal pronoun: he, she, it, his, her, its. nowadays, in Chinese, we partially inherited its usage. That means it will only make sense in some fixing words, ...
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Is it ok to use 他 as a gender neutral personal pronoun (instead of 她) when the subject is known to be female?

First of all, there is only 他 in ancient Chinese. The invention of the font 她 comes from the influence of foreign languages in 1900s. And there is no word in ancient Chinese contains the usage of IT ...
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When did "妳" become the second person singular feminine pronoun?

Short answer: Before modern times, ‘妳' already existed, but it was pronounced nǎi, and was a somewhat rare variant of 奶, which primarily means milk and by extension breasts, grandmother. Starting in ...
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Is there a gender neutral pronoun in mandarin?

Nowadays, it's common for authors use the English letters "TA" to avoid indicating a gender. For example: TA是什么性格的人[src] Literal translation: They are what personality person? Translation: ...
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Why in Chinese Bible (和合本), "you" was translated as "你" instead of "您"?

From: Baidu: 您 “您”字并非属于通语字,这字原本为地方方言字-- The character “您” was not a standard character, it was originally a local dialect word ~ 适用范围: -- Scope of application: 最初的方言字随普通话、通用书面传播到全国。-- The original ...
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Pronoun for human babies in Mandarin?

I would argue that most people would not use "it" for any human in English, since it is dehumanizing. Most people, if the gender is unknown would say "they". However that is ...
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How do I write "One can ..." / "You can ..." (general personal pronoun) in Chinese?

You would probably refer to One as 人们. In chinese, it is most polite to refer to people as more than one. For example, instead of using 你, you would use 您.
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Adding 你, 你們, 您 after interjections

你, 你們, 大家, and XXX (a person's name) are often inserted to intensify the welcomeness towards the person/group in focus. I'll come back if I find one.
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About 他 and 她 (regarding the song "break up 分手不分离" by z.tao)

In "心陪着你, 因为我想知道 她(他)是不是比我好" He used '你'(you) to refer his ex-girlfriend at the beginning of the sentence. It is wrong to use a different pronoun "她" to refer his ex-girlfriend ...
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Is Autumn being referred to by the female pronoun 她? Is this normal?

Yes, It is a very common way to refer something to pronoun 她 in Chinese, commonly known as personification. In such a way, the author can strengthen his/her feelings about autumn. There are also many ...
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Is there any specifically masculine character for 他

Short answer: no. There are occasional suggestions for a male tā character (for example, ⿰男也, in this online discussion), but none have caught on. In fact, the desire for an unambiguously gender-...
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Is there any specifically masculine character for 他

I would suggest that there is no sense of gender in the Chinese languages since the very beginning; nor even today. We all know that the Chinese languages are very isolated and very analytic. The idea ...
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Is it ok to use 他 as a gender neutral personal pronoun (instead of 她) when the subject is known to be female?

No, you can't if you already know she is a woman. However, if you don't know the gender, you can use 他.
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How do I write "One can ..." / "You can ..." (general personal pronoun) in Chinese?

"You can" can be directly translated into "你能"/"你可以". "One can" can be translated into "(大家/每个人/谁/我们) 都 (可以/能)." Translate "you" to "你" is a good choice in most cases. But for "one", "每个人" is a ...
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How can I use 其 properly?

One challenge of Chinese is that the same characters may have literary/classical uses as well as contemporary uses. Often in modern usages, characters that are used as stand alone words only appear as ...
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Questions about "本" as Pronoun

As a pronoun 本 has two meanings, here’s oxfords definitions and example sentences 🄳 PRONOUN 1 自己方面的 one's own 本单位 one's own department 本校 our school ▶ 本地, 本国, 本人 2 这 this 本案被告 defendant in this case ...
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How can express a sentence containing relative pronoun in Chinese?

Actually, 我不用再去参考[那些][中文]母语人士的发音了 would also make sense, since "refer to pronunciation" implies that you would "listen to those native speakers". If you want to save all words in your sentence, ...
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

actually,we use 爸爸 or 爸 as Dad.爸爸 and 爸,they are no difference.or you can say that 爸 is the abbreviation of 爸爸,the same as 妈 to 妈妈.but 爷 does not mean 爷爷,奶 does not mean 奶奶.usually,we translate father ...
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Can I say 爸, or do I have to say 爸爸?

In Chinese, may things are repeated for emphasis, etc. For example, 转转弯弯 is the same thing as 转弯. This is another one of those types of things.
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Differences between 咱们 and 我们?

咱=我:咱不懂他的话。 咱们=我们 including the listener: 同志,您别客气,咱们军民是一家人。 As possessive pronoun: 咱=咱们(的):咱村全都富起来了。(Here it could be a villager talking to another villager, or talking to an outsider, or even an ...
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How gender specific in writing is the character 他

Just to mention that in recent few years (from 2018 I'd say), it's increasingly popular to use TA (the pinyin letters of 他/她) to mean either 他 or 她, in casual or online writing. This is similar to the ...
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