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    měi     each / every

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Grammar: Pronoun
Notes: Also classified as a determiner. 每 is used in this sense in both modern and Literary Chinese. It is used to quantify the action rather than the subject of the sentence. It is frequently used in the initial time clause of a sentence (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 130). For example, 每人而悅之 'to please everybody' (Mengzi: 8.2/40/30, translation by Legge)
Concept: 指示代词 Demonstrative Pronoun
Parent concept: 虚词 (Function Words)
Topic: Modern Chinese

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