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The many tones of 'yi'

Posted by rsmith91 March 11, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

When I first learned the numbers in Mandarin, I always thought that 'yi', the number 1, was first tone.

 Since then I've also seen it with second and third tones - is it purely to make it sound nicer (like bu changes from 2 to 4), or do you give 'yi' a different tone for different meanings?

 Thanks to anyone who can help me out on this one!

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