Pronoun + ら
This 'etc' is where the implication of 'more than one' originates. To use ら, attach it to the end of any pronoun.
- 彼らは日本語を勉強しにきた。They came in order to study Japanese.
- お前ら、アニメを見ないの？You guys don't watch anime?
They studied sufficiently, so the test was easy.
Could you please toss these?
Those tatami mats smell good.
Do you all intend to go swimming in the pond?
They are pros.
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～ら – Grammar Discussion
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たち deserves grammar point on its own, it is on to-do-list.
I’ve heard that while これら/それら/あれら exist that they’re not used very often outside of formal writing and the あれら is only used in English translation.
And that これ/それ/あれ can be used plurally just fine.
Any thoughts on this?
That’s exactly right! これ・それ・あれ and like any noun for that matter, inherit their gender/plurality or singularity from context.
This doesn’t mean that the ～ら isn’t needed, but sometimes it’s needed to clarify the context.
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