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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  (speak) + phonetic  – to ask “who?”.

Han character[edit]

(radical 149 +8, 15 strokes, cangjie input 卜口人土 (YROG), four-corner 00614, composition)

  1. who? whom? whose? anyone?

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 1165, character 11
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 35686
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1630, character 27
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 6, page 3987, character 10
  • Unihan data for U+8AB0

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(simplified , Jyutping seoi4, Yale seui4)

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Japanese[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

(hiragana , romaji ta)

  1. interrogative personal pronoun; who

Pronoun[edit]

(hiragana たれ, romaji tare)

  1. interrogative personal pronoun; who
    • 16031604: Nippo Jisho (page 614)
      Tare. タレ (誰) 誰. 例, Tarega maittaca. l, tareca maitta. (誰が参つたか. まはは, 誰か参つた) 誰が来たか. Tare naritomo. (誰なりとも) 誰であろうとも.

Etymology[edit]

From earlier /tare/. The voicing of the initial /t-/ to /d-/ is likely due to analogy to the interrogative demonstrative doko.

Pronoun[edit]

(hiragana だれ, romaji dare)

  1. interrogative personal pronoun; who

Synonyms[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

  1. interrogative personal pronoun; who

Readings[edit]

References[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(su) (hangeul , revised su, McCune-Reischauer su, Yale swu)

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Mandarin[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(simplified , Pinyin shéi (shei2), Wade-Giles shui2)

Pronoun[edit]

(traditional, Pinyin shéi, simplified )

  1. who; whom; whose
    • [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad.]
      Tā shì shéi? [Pinyin]
      Who is he?
    • [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad.]
      Shéi lái le? [Pinyin]
      Who has come?
  2. someone, anyone
  3. anyone, whoever
    • 想學英文,我就教他。 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad.]
      Shéi xiǎng xué yīngwén, wǒ jiù jiào tā. [Pinyin]
      I'll teach English to whoever wants to learn it.

Usage note[edit]

Also pronounced shui2

Related terms[edit]

Question words


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(thùy, thuỳ)

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