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Andreas Johansson wrote:

>Quoting Carsten Becker <[log in to unmask]>:
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>>While reading the mails that I wanted to read but couldn't manage to
>>read up to now ...
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>>From: "Henrik Theiling" <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>>Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 2:52 AM
>>Subject: Re: THEORY: The fourth person
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>>[snip]
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>> > Dutch 'men' is also replaced by 'jou'/'je' in most circumstances (like
>> > English) and German 'man' is only a bit behind im time: I'm probably
>> > part of the last generation to use 'man' -- modern usage is 'Du' as
>> > well.  I hate it, but I probably can't stop 'Du' from being misused in
>> > such a way.
>> >
>> > **Henrik
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>>Well, everyone around me also uses "man", and I'm about 15 years younger
>>than you (I guess). I could almost hate people for saying "du" instead
>>of "man". It hurts my grammatical sense and my ears as well. I also find
>>this use of "du" kind of unfriendly towards adults you're not familar
>>with or people you've respect of (like teachers e.g.), who should be
>>definitely referred to as "Sie".
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>Among the German students I meet - twenty-somethings, pretty much all of them -
>both _du_ and _man_ are used, but _man_ appears to be the commoner one.
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>Personally I use them interchangeably in speech, but stick to _man_ in writing.
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Well, as a non-native speaker, I've only been taught 'man', with no
mention of 'du' being allowed.  Is this an anglicism, or an independant
development?