In my little bit of Mandarin experience, I have got that the classifier for
座, and also felt that
座 is usually used to refer to a building. However, I have just read that someone here over Chinese Language Stack Exchange says the classifier is
栋, and so I wonder which should be used to refer to
Later I found that the classifier for
房子 may include more; in this online dictionary, it shows
幢. So I wonder how I can decide which to use and also like to know why.
Also, even if the proper classifier for
栋, could I still use
座 in that context? Or do they give two totally different meanings?