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I have the following sentence:

老师把学生批评了一顿

Google's only translation of 一顿 on its own returns 'A meal' or 'a spanking' which is the meaning discussed in other posts.

Here it seems like it means a little bit, or slightly, but can anyone offer a clearer picture?

For references, I took it from Peking Uni Youtube class for HSK5 (5:22)

  • 批评 can be seen as spanking by language. – River Jul 10 at 14:54
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    一顿 usually indicates "enough amount of", instead of "a little of". This student must have suffered a lot if you say "批评了一顿". – River Jul 10 at 14:58
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    @River Don't want to argue, but 一顿 doesn't necessarily indicate the sense of 'enough'. To me, it's just a normal measure word for 打,揍,批评,etc. 'enough' or 'suffer a lot' might be a bit overstated, but that could be just me. – dan Jul 10 at 23:14
  • @dan I agree, 一頓飯 in Cantonese is 一餐飯, with 餐 as the classifier for 'dinner' and dinner can be big or small, long or short. 揍了一頓 = 打咗 一餐 – Tang Ho Jul 11 at 6:11
  • example: 他被打了一顿 > 他被打了一下. For a big or small meal, if you consider it as a meal it is a meal. But for spanking, it has to be accumulated to a certain amount to be considered as a session. – River Jul 11 at 18:16
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In Taiwan, according to dictionary owned by Ministry of Education.

一頓 means:

表示數量,一次、一回。

(Denote quantity, one session.)

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  • zdic has the same definition – fefe Jul 10 at 15:15
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一顿 means " a big amount", "enough amount"...

e.g.

  • 狠狠 揍/批评/打 他 一顿 ( bit a lot )
  • 使劲吃了一顿大餐 ( eat a lot )

OK, there's a exception:

  • 我吃了一顿饭. (I eat a meal. not so much or so less)

In other case:

  • 爸爸打了儿子一顿. ( means bit a lot)
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  • I see in your example 使劲吃了一顿大餐 means "eat a lot". However, if I only say: 我吃了一顿饭,how do you know I've eaten a big amount of food? 一顿 itself doesn't connote anything big. However, the words 狠狠, 使劲, 大餐 makes it a big deal. – dan Jul 11 at 13:55

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