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    Default Use of 哥 or 姐 in everyday speech

    I'm curious as to what is the appropriate usage of these terms for people who are not related to you?

    I was always under the impression that 'ge/gege' and 'jie/jiejie' can be used freely to respectfully address those who are older than you (e.g. Jing Gege), but there's this person on tumblr who insists that using such terms for someone who is not related to you is awkward/uncommon.

    Have I misunderstood things? Are these terms used back then but not now? But, that doesn't make sense...the dramas I've watched seem to use these terms as stated above. Is it less awkward for those of a certain age range to use them?

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    Besides our elder siblings, I also make use of brothers/sisters with my close friends.

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    I have used these terms to address friends older than me who are not related to me before, but, mostly when I was little.
    什麼是朋友?朋友永遠是在你犯下不可原諒錯誤的時候,仍舊站在你那邊的笨蛋。~ 王亞瑟

    和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話,係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話,而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩

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