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n. babysitter, nanny
Discussion of 保姆
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Shouldn't Bao be the third tone?
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Hi! Yes the original tone of 保 is the third tone. However, in spoken Chinese, because 保 appears before another third-tone word 姆, the first third-tone syllable will take up the second tone instead. Examples:
保姆 bao3 mu3 => bao2 mu3
老虎 lao3 hu3 => lao2 hu3
小姐 xiao3 jie3 => xiao2 jie3
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