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子輩 - Polite first person pronoun?


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Hey guys and girls,

Is anyone familiar with the phrase 子輩? It's occurring quite a lot in the text I'm working on at the moment.

I'm thinking it is perhaps a polite first person pronoun? Something like "Honorable sir,".

But it could also mean "You act upon", "You criticize", "You rank", etc.

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Hi guys,

Thanks for the replies, here are a couple of examples from the text:




I also found this:


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子辈, in vernacular Chinese literally means 子孙这一辈, depending on the context may mean either "(my) future generations" if the person is referring to their descendants, or "our generation(s)" if the person is referring to themselves.

Compare with 祖辈 and 父辈.

I suspect it would mean anything different in Classical Chinese.

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Hmmm, both "You" and "Your generation/our children's generation" could make sense.

I guess I'll just have to go with context, and when all else fails, gut feeling :P

Thanks for the help guys and girls.

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I thought by now someone would have told you that 輩 is a common pronoun pluralizer. From your context, 子輩 simply means plural "you" just as 我門 (no typo) means "we" and not "my family" in Mandarin and 我等 means "we" and not "my peers" in Cantonese.

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