hắn

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *hanʔ, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *ʔanʔ

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

hắn (, )

  1. (derogatory or informal) he; him
  2. (archaic) he; him; she; her
  3. (chiefly Central Vietnam, familiar or informal) he; him; she; her

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word has various connotations depending on contexts:
    • As a derogatory pronoun, it refers to a man in a demeaning way.
    • As an informal pronoun, it may refers to a man who is very close to you. Young girls in literary works are portrayed as people who refer to their romantic partners as hắn, in an endearing way.
    • As a dialectal pronoun, it is the Central Vietnamese equivalent of , as it refers to any animal (including the human) in a condescending, informal way.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (non-Central Vietnamese):

See also[edit]