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If someone asks me:

你在动物园看了几(___)老虎和马呀?

Choose the correct answer:

a) 个
b) 只
c) 匹
d) other ______
e) all of the above
f) none of the above
g) screw Chinese, I'm going to study Klingon

Thanx!

  • Quick answer: In this case Chinese don't ask like that. Simply you can avoid measure words as 你在動物園看了多少老虎和馬呀? – Toosky Hierot Oct 30 '19 at 9:37
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In this case, a more correct way would be:

你在动物园看了几只老虎和几匹马呀?

or

你在动物园看了多少只老虎,多少匹马?

In colloquial speech, it might be ok to say:

你在动物园看了多少个老虎和马呀?

or

你在动物园看了几个老虎和马呀?

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The correct classifier for 老虎 (tiger) is 头

The correct classifier for 斑马 (zebra) is 匹 (I don't think people need to go to the zoo to see horses)

你在动物园看了多少(头)老虎和多少(匹)斑马呀?

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In Cantonese, 隻/只 is the right classifier for both 老虎 and 斑马

你喺動物園睇咗幾多(隻)老虎同斑馬呀?

  • Yeah, horses are boring, but the girls that ride them ...... – Pedroski Oct 30 '19 at 23:33
  • Horse-drawn vehicles are disallowed in most cities in China. So I believe for people who live in a city, go to the zoo should be the best choice to see horses. – tsh Nov 1 '19 at 6:23
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In colloquial, I would totally say 你在动物园看了几只老虎和马呀? It's not grammatically right, but I think we should follow the closest noun. To me, 个 is wrong for animals in any event.

I listen to this song grown up:

两只老虎,两只老虎
跑得快,跑得快
一只没有耳朵,一只没有尾巴
真奇怪,真奇怪

I can't imagine 两个老虎..

You can listen to it on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orJ2tGFr2S0

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a) 个 is the right answer to me. I have never studied Chinese, but can speak basic Cantonese..and this is what we would say in that case....hope this will help you

  • 个 is not the right classifier for either 老虎 or 马 – Tang Ho Oct 30 '19 at 7:58
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I would use 只:

你在动物园看见了几只老虎和斑马呀?

But if it is not a question:

我昨天在动物园看到了老虎、狮子、斑马还有孔雀。

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in this ques, you can't use 個,never use 個 on animal

隻 is fine, 隻 can use on all the animal

匹 is a special quantify, almost use for horse

but in this situation, ask: "How many"(多少)lion and horse did you see in the zoo

你在动物园看了几(___)老虎和马呀? >>

你在動物園看到"多少"老虎和馬啊? will be more properly(but is all correct)

In Chinese you can separate them all

你們看到幾隻雞?幾隻鴨?幾隻兔子還有幾隻狗啊?

how many...,how many...,how many...,and how many...?did you see?

(sorry I can only type only traditional chinese)

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