my Wenlin dictionary describes 子 as also a measure word for bundles/hanks etc. Can anyone confirm this ? by sample sentence ?

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Classifier for 'bundles/hanks' is '束', as in '一束花' (a bundle of flower); '一束头发' (a hank of hair)

The only classifier using 子 is for 'chess/ Go piece' or 'chess/ Go move',


'讓你兩子棋' (give you two stones handicap)

"需要深入思考每一棋" (need to think deep for each chess move).

'步' as in "需要深入思考每一棋" is more common that 子 when using as classifier for chess move

A prominent example for 子 as a classifier for chess/Go piece:

錯, 滿盆皆落索 - one piece (of chess) (placed) wrong, the entire game (situation) become untenable


So, yeah, ABC (which wenlin is based off) does say indeed say that but it doesn't really expand upon it.

Pleco gives examples:

[for sth. long and thin]

yī zǐr guàmiàn
a bundle of fine dried noodles

yī zǐr máoxiàn
a skein of knitting wool

Apparently you can use it with things that are long and thin. Oxford also gives the same examples but stylizes them like this:

a bundle of fine dried noodles

a hank of knitting wool

MoE also has an entry that reads:

量 用於能用手指掐住的一束細長的東西。

若借大王寶劍, 卸下一子頭髮。

Notice that the example sentence doesn’t have erhuaization.

  • 1
    seem like the classifier is 子儿 not 子
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 9:50
  • Similar to 一丁點, where 丁點 is a classifier but not 丁
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 9:55

No used frequently as the quanity word.

Searching google with "一子儿头发", you find only 12 results, most are either archaic or dialect. But with "一把头发",you have 102 results, and with “一绺头发”,you have 106 results,with "一缕头发",you have 96 results.

I am a professor on mechanics and a native chinese speaker.

  • Please provide some examples for the OP, thanks.
    – zyy
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 14:15

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