Late Father

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Flaminius

coclea mod
日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
Hello Chinese Forum,

What is the word for one's late father? I've sometimes come across 先妣 as one's late mother and wonder if there is a word for father that makes a pair with it.
 
  • englishelp

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    My goodness.
    I do not even know the other two, except"先".
    I am sure 先妣 and 先考 are legitimate words. But I just do not know what they mean.
    Someone more pedantic might be able to help.
     

    Flaminius

    coclea mod
    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
    Thanks, zoogoo. Could you provide the source for me (It is a good idea even if the material is not on the 'Net)?

    An idiom like 如丧考妣 suggests that 先考 and 先妣 are a pair. Good to know. :thumbsup:
     

    fffa4lulua

    Member
    Taiwan, Mandarin/Taiwanese
    The words 考 and 妣 are only use formally (in written form) and not use in colloquial Chinese (people may say the idiom 如丧考妣, but not common)
    So I think 先父 is the best way to translate late father.
    The words (先)考 and (先)妣 are usually for funeral and for tombstone.
     
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