Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Character a Day 们

Video script:

Good morning. In this video, we are going to talk about . It sounds men, and it is a plural marker for pronouns, and nouns referring to individuals. If you watch my pervious video, you will know more about the right part of this character . By itself, it means gate or door. But here, it is the component of this character , and it marks the sound as men. The left part is the radical, a single standing person, 单人旁, which indicates that this character has something to do with the human being.
Let's see how to write it.
Since it's a plural marker, we will see how it works to mark the plural word.
First it can change the single pronoun into plural. For example, , I or me; 我们 we or us. , indicate a single you; 你们 refers to a plural you; ,he; 他们, they; , she; 她们 refers to a group of female persons.
Second it can change the noun into plural. For example,  , person; 人们, people;  孩子, child; 孩子们, children; 女士, lady; 女士们, ladies; 先生, sir, gentleman; 先生们, gentlemen;
But please notice that is not to be used after a noun that has a numeral modifier.
Such as,  two children is not 两个孩子们 . This is not right. The correct translation is 两个孩子。

That's all for today. I will see you soon. Thanks for watching.