Dictionary pronoun *men-, *man- man


one, you
(impersonal third person pronoun that you use if you don't have a specific person in mind. English pretty much always uses "you" for that, and that tends to pick up in German, as well, but still "man" is an absolute must have.)
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The meaning of German "man"

A fun look at the meaning of "man" and how to use it. And a weird way native speakers use it more and more often, that is kind of coy and apologetic.

Word Family

The core idea of this root was:

being upright, man

It’s also possible that the family ultimately comes from the root *men- (to think), but it’s unclear.

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