Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

们 (們) men

men suffix plural
Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Affixes 附类
Notes: This character is used as a suffix to mark the plural for personal pronouns and human nouns. For example, 车夫们 'rickshaw drivers.' (Lao She, 2003, p. 200) It is pronounced in the neutral tone. It began to be used in this sense in spoken Chinese from the Song (Norman 1988, p. 121). 们 is the ninth most frequently used word in the Beijing Language Institute's 1985 frequency wordlist (Ho, 2002, '们'; NCCED '们').

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Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
History of Ming 《明史》 卷三十七 志第十三 曆七 Volume 37 Treatises 13: Calendar 7 2
History of Ming 《明史》 卷三百十三 列傳第二百〇一 雲南土司一 Volume 313 Biographies 201: Yunnan Tribal Headmen 1 2
History of Song 《宋史》 卷一百二十一 志第七十四 禮二十四 Volume 121 Treatises 74: Rites 24 2
Old Book of Tang 《舊唐書》 卷十八上 本紀第十八上: 武宗 Volume 18 Annals 18: Wuzong 1
History of Ming 《明史》 卷三十五 志第十一 曆五 Volume 35 Treatises 11: Calendar 5 1
History of Ming 《明史》 卷三十六 志第十二 曆六 Volume 36 Treatises 12: Calendar 6 1
New Book of Tang 《新唐書》 卷五十二    志第四十二  食貨二 Volume 52 Treatises 48: Finance and Economics 2 1
History of Ming 《明史》 卷三百十五 列傳第二百〇三 雲南土司三 Volume 315 Biographies 203: Yunnan Tribal Headmen 3 1