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        I / me / my

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Grammar: Pronoun
Notes: 我 is used as a first person pronoun in both modern (NCCED '我' 1) and literary Chinese. For example, in modern Chinese: 我比你岁数大点 'I am a little older than you.' (Lao She, 2003, p. 174) In literary Chinese, 我 was used as a first person pronoun as early as preclassical times in the Shang Dynasty (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 76). 我 is the fifth most frequently used word in the Beijing Language Institute's 1985 frequency wordlist (Ho, 2002, '我').
Concept: 人称代词 Personal Pronoun
Parent concept: 虚词 (Function Words)
Topic: Modern Chinese

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