In the following sentence:


If I understand it correctly, 张 means 一张 but 一 is omitted here.

Also, if you want to mean it in plural (i.e. buy multiple lottery tickets), the sentence should be the following.


Now, can I also omit 张 as well, to make the sentence the following:


In this case, does the sentence mean singular, plural, or both (which makes the meaning dependent on context)? Or is the sentence invalid grammartically in the first place?

  • in case [numeral 一 + measure word +NP]is object of verb, 一 can be omitted, this has been mentioned at this site not too long ago, (also there are exceptions if prosody is violated, which has also been mentioned), in the meaning "several" it appears 一 cannot be omitted from 一些, find many samples with 买了彩票 at jukuu, (it could refer to (many people) buying lottery tickets, trying their luck in the lottery)
    – user6065
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 16:52
  • search with "omitting 一" yields chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/24268/… note i.p. comments #1-3
    – user6065
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 17:12
  • @user6065 That is regarding the introduction in my question but what I would like to ask is on the last paragraph.
    – Blaszard
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 17:17
  • BTW I don’t understand some parts of your comment... what is NP and jukuu?
    – Blaszard
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 17:20
  • ? see last line and a half of comment #1, 买了彩票 is valid, see the various possibilities at jukuu, in general measure words may be needed if there is a numeral (including indefinite ones, 几,每,多 or demonstrative pronoun, 这,那) if there is none they are not needed, NP = noun phrase, jukuu is a website
    – user6065
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 17:33

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In my understanding, if you omit 张 as well then you only focus on the latter part, which is 中奖了. It won't make a turning point that obvious.

If you add the 张 or 些, however, you not only focus on 中奖, but the tickets play an important role as well. It's kinda like when you say "tickets" and "the tickets."

Omitting 张 is more like when you are telling things calmly. For example, 我昨天买了彩票、啤酒、炸鸡。 You don't need to focus on anything. But if you say 我昨天买了瓶啤酒, then others would expect you tell something about it -- or it's related to the context.

But you are right, it's grammatically correct though.


“昨天晚上买了(一)张彩票,结果中奖了。”,it indicates you buy One ticket. You'd better use 几张 to indicate that you bought several tickets. I am not saying you are wrong by 买了些彩票, but in practice, 些 is often used to describe uncountable nouns. For example, 我买了一些水果。这些事情。说些什么?

you can say '昨天晚上买了彩票', which conveys the fact/behavior itself you bought some/a lottery ticket(s) (how many you bought is not the point/important; Or you deliberately don't want to tell how many you bought; Or people don't care the number of tickets you bought.)

  • some might wonder whether omission of 一 simply follows the pattern of omitting 一 from [ 一 + measure word] if this occurs as object of a verb (买 in this case), also see comment #6.
    – user6065
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 6:45

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