I usually hear 路 used with 條 as the classifier, but sometimes people also use 個. in cantonese, which is the correct classifier? are both correct?

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    Note that a lot of people may use 个/個 as the classifier due to 量词个化. In casual parlance I don't think it's too big of a deal. – congusbongus Apr 16 '14 at 1:55
  • sorry, what is 量词个化? and @fyears suggests 個 is not really used? so you have heard people use 個? – Crashalot Apr 16 '14 at 5:37
  • @congusbongus The reference articles for 量词个化 in the Wikipedia entry seem to be discussing Mandarin rather than Cantonese. – user4086 Apr 17 '14 at 6:10

"條" is the correct one. I speak Cantonese and never heard of "個" in this case.

  • that's what i thought, too. if you watch the first few min of this TVB clip (gooddrama.net/hong-kong-drama/sniper-standoff-episode-17), specifically at the 2:50 mark. it seems like they are referring to 個路. or not? – Crashalot Apr 15 '14 at 19:32
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    @Crashalot No, what the character says is "箇條路", not "個路". The "箇" (more commonly written as 嗰) here means "that", and the phrase "箇條路" in the script means "that path". – user4086 Apr 16 '14 at 1:37
  • @user1551 While 嗰 can be pronounced as go2 or go3, in that clip it's pronounced as go2, which cannot be substituted by 箇. – TactMayers Apr 16 '14 at 3:45
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    @TactMayers 箇 can be pronounced as go3. In fact, it was the dominant character for "that" (go3) in Qing dynasty's Cantonese songs (粵謳). In contrast, 嗰 was less frequently used in lyrics. But for some curious reasons, the pronunciation go3 is not listed for 箇 in many contemporary dictionaries. – user4086 Apr 16 '14 at 5:27
  • cool, thanks guys! sometimes they speak too fast, and it's difficult to understand what they're saying. :) – Crashalot Apr 16 '14 at 5:33

In some cases, people who are bilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese might use 個 and 條 as classifier interchangeably for road (路). In Chinese, 個 is a universal classifier or measure word for objects, you might hear it in many occasions to count a "stuff" even for a native speaker.

  • so this is different from what @fyers said? (this is for cantonese as well.) – Crashalot Apr 16 '14 at 22:35
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    I think in this case it is very rare. For such a common noun, road (路), it sounds very odd to use the universal classifier while it's taught early in school that 條 is the specific one. Saying 一個路 to native speakers and they'll certainly feel puzzled/hilarious. – TactMayers Apr 17 '14 at 1:30

條(tiu4) is the proper classifier for 路(lou6). You have been hearing 個(go3) might because the person was referring to 路(lou6) 口(hau2), which means the corner of the street.

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