My teacher detracted a few points for using 一把手機。It seems that 一台,一部, 一個 are better choices. However, I find many occurrences of 一把手機

Google search

Is it a dialectal phenomenon? Maybe In dialects where 把 and 部 sound similar?

Edit: This source claims that 一把手機 occurs in 溫州方言

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    Also 支 or 只 is using for cellphone in Taiwan – 賈可 Jacky May 18 '18 at 1:51

From Wiktionary:

  • Classifier for objects that can be held using handles or knobs, such as guns, chairs, brooms, umbrellas.
  • Classifier for handfuls of something, such as grains, soil.
  • Classifier for bundles or bunches.
  • Classifier for some abstract ideas, such as force, effort or age.
  • Classifier for something done with the hand.

I agree that「臺」or「部」sounds better (as a matter of perception; both are specifically used for machines/devices), because 手機 falls most appropriately into the last group, and sounds a bit vulgar (as if you're doing your cellphone).

I don't agree that「個」is better than「把」, though.

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  • NB: you could possibly say that 手機 falls under the first or second groups, but it's still not as fitting as「臺」or「部」. – dROOOze May 17 '18 at 15:37
  • This is interesting. My teacher thinks 個 is acceptable, my former tandem partner thought 把 was acceptable, but 個 not. So far everyone seems to accept 部 and 台。 – Ludi May 17 '18 at 16:07

To me, 部 is a formal classifier for 手机. 台 is usually used for a bigger machine, like computer & TV 一台电脑 & 一台电视. 一台手机 doesn't sound quite right to me.

一把手机 is not used in practice for whatever reason. I guess it might be because 我要买一把手机 could mean you want to buy a handful of 手机s, implying several 手机s, not just one.

Colloquially, sometimes I heard 一个手机 is being used. Like in the sentences: 我要买一个手机; 我想买个手机.

Well, 我要买一部手机 sounds more formal and it's not as casual as 我要买一个手机 or 我想买个手机 in our daily communications.

That's my observation from my neck of woods. Others from other regions may take this differently.

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Put '手机的量词是什么' in 百度, you will get a lot of answers,most of them 部.

My 手机 is so big and thin, I'd like to say '这张手机‘

Have a look here.


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  • No, not 张 ..... – fefe May 17 '18 at 23:24

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