According to Google translate it is 一个面包, but that doesn't sound right.

How do I say "A loaf of bread"?


This is what I mean by a "loaf" of bread. Not just a bun.

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It depends a little bit on the type of bread.

For a long bread 条 is used. For a slice of bread 片 is used. 块 can also be used for a slice, but is also used for buns, a piece of bread or a complete bread.

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    一个面包 is correct in "我要买一个面包" and "你赶紧把这个面包吃了". So I guess if you are not referring a specific piece, 个 works. – gonnastop Apr 3 '12 at 12:19
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    Yes you are right, 个 works. 个 normally always works, but often it's more authentic when more specific measure words are used. – BertR Apr 3 '12 at 12:27
  • @BertR Can you include examples? I'd be interested in seeing some actual sentence using it. Please, don't just link to Tatoeba. – Alenanno Apr 3 '12 at 14:34
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    @BertR By "authentic" do you mean "accurate"? It's probably native speakers that tend to overuse "个". – gonnastop Apr 3 '12 at 21:56

I don't think native speakers can give you a definite answer simply because we don't eat bread that often here!

I would say something like 他吃了一整块切片面包 or 他吃了一整袋切片面包. 切片面包 is literally "sliced bread". Most of the bread you see in Chinese grocery stores (超市) is sliced.

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in verbal Chinese, you can just say 一个面包,

if you say 片, 块 etc. that seems a little formal.

In verbal Chinese, people don't care which measure word to use. We just say 个 in most situation.

note that just in verbal.

我吃了俩(or 两个)面包 她刚吃了1个番薯、1个面包、5块饼干、2个糖果…这样吃一餐,会不会长胖?

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  • Hello Kevin and welcome to CL&U! :) Do you mind expanding a bit on your answer? If you include more detail you might receive more upvotes! :D – Alenanno Apr 4 '12 at 10:54
  • Thanks. :) Can we really use 个 mostly? It seems inappropriate to say "三个人" instead of "三口人". – Alenanno Apr 4 '12 at 14:08
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    @Alenanno Yes, we mostly use 个, not a accurate measure word. So 三个人 is exactly the verbal usage especially for young people. 隔壁宿舍住了8个人。 – Scott混合理论 Apr 4 '12 at 15:13
  • 口 is only for family member's count. – Scott混合理论 Apr 4 '12 at 15:24
  • Only for family members? Not for people in general? – Alenanno Apr 4 '12 at 15:34

一条面包is fine. same like 一条香烟 etc http://www.15buy.cc/goods.php?id=6007

The link below is 一包香烟, it is soft page cover( if it's hard page cover , it's 一盒香烟,some of the time they are interchangable) http://wenwen.soso.com/z/q139243191.htm?pid=ask.box

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