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From the first letter of the second-person singular pronoun in Romance languages; ultimately from Latin tu and Proto-Indo-European *túh₂.


T-form (plural T-forms)

  1. (linguistics) A second-person pronoun used in informal situations, to address friends, family, and sometimes inferiors.
    • 1996, Marco Jacquemet, Credibility in Court:
      Shifting his feet and still perplexed, he then asked me if I was a faculty researcher, using again the informal T-form.
    • 2002, The Bible Translator:
      In the Erzin dialect, children address their parents with the V-form; to use the T-form would show a lack of respect for parents.
    • 2012, Marcel Bax, ‎Dániel Z. Kádár, Understanding Historical (Im)Politeness:
      Typically, the informal pronominal address term (T-form) is the original second-person pronoun (Latin tu; Germanic du) and the polite or formal V-form is a plural form.


  • (informal second-person pronoun): V-form


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