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身 as a measure word is it commonly used

My Wenlin dictionary describes 身 as also a measure word for "suits of clothing". Is it commonly used by Chinese speakers ?
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Is it OK to use 子 as a measure word

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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Why is there repetition of the measure words in 一把把小扇子 and 一枚枚邮票? [duplicate]

This is from my 3-rd grade Chinese 语文 book (transcript is here): 秋天的雨,有一盒五彩缤纷的颜料。你看,它把黄色给了银杏树,黄黄的叶子像一把把小扇子,扇哪扇哪,扇走了夏天的炎热。它把红色给了枫树,红红的枫叶像一枚枚邮票,飘哇飘哇,邮来了秋天的凉爽。金黄色是给田野的,看,田野像金色的海洋。橙红色是给果树的,橘子、柿子你挤我碰,...
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How does 一个, 一位,一名 change the meaning of a sentence?

I saw two versions of a sentence "He is a teacher": 他是老师。 VS 他是一个老师。 After googling I've become even more confused by versions: 他是一位老师。 AND 他是一名老师。 Are they actually different? What is the ...
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Differences between 条 and 根

Both of these two words 条 and 根 in the dictionary are said to be measure words for long and thin objects. What are the differences between them?
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Why is a measure-word not required in this case?

Consider the following two sentences: A year has twelve months 一年有十二個月 Yī nián yǒu shí’èr gè yuè A year has threehundreds sixtyfive days 一年有三百六十五天 yī nián yǒu sānbǎi liùshíwǔ tiān Why is the ...
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Difference between 一顿饭 and 一碗饭

The measure word of 饭 is 顿 and 碗. But what is the difference between the two and how should I classify them? At first I thought 一碗饭 means a plate of food, for example if you have rice and chicken, ...
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Why is 挺 used as measure word for machine guns?

I recently noticed that the word 挺 (which I know mainly as an intensifier) also is the measure word for 機槍, machine guns. Now machine guns are a fairly recent invention, so I am wondering: Is it known ...
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How many supplies did Liu Bei have at Dangyang?

I was attempting to translate this passage from the Records of the Three Kingdoms: 比到當陽,衆十餘萬,輜重數千兩,日行十餘里,別遣關羽乘船數百艘,使會江陵。 The background of this is: Cao Cao had invaded Jingzhou, Liu Bei was ...
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Use 個 if the correct measure word is unknown

How bad does it sound if I use 個 for everything if most measure words are just still unknown to me, or I don't want to end up using a wrong one?
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The use of 地 after multiple, related nouns (e.g. “鸡”,“猫”,“狗”地)

In the following sentence: 秀春决定自己教他。丈夫好像明白了秀春的意思,跟着她“鸡”,“猫”,“狗”地念起来。 It seems that in this sentence, the meaning is something like the following, and it uses 地 coupled with animal nouns. ...
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Why does 一幅幅图画, not 一幅图画? [duplicate]

In the following sentence: 于是,每天晚上,秀春都拉着丈夫坐在灯下,指着识字课本的一幅幅图画问丈夫。 It means: Therefore, on every night Xiuchun lets her husband sit under the light, points to the literacy book's 一幅幅图画 to ask him ...
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Is 个 acceptable for all nouns?

My Chinese teacher says she doesn't care. But for future reference, is 个 acceptable as a measure word for all nouns?
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How does the grammar of 拿把伞 work?

This sentence is taken from lesson 2 of HSK3 and apparently it means "get an umbrella". The full sentence is 我下楼去给你拿把伞 which should mean "I will go downstairs to get you an umbrella". My IME is ...
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In what cases should I use 条 for 猫?

I learned that the measure word for 猫 is 只. However, my friend said 条 is the correct measure word for 猫. The conversation with the friend is the following: X: 你有养猫吗? I: 哈哈 这只不是我的,...
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几 in declarative and interrogative sentence

几 has two meanings: "several" and "how many?" But I have no clear understanding of separation one from another. E.g.: 后面有几个人笑起来了. - declarative 你家有几口人? - interrogative I know that the first ...
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What's wrong with 一个年?

From what I can tell, 一个年 is completely wrong because you can never use a classifier together with 年. The situation is different from a phrase like 一个朋友. My question is: why? Is there a reason why 年 ...
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What does 这一 mean in 在追求这一目标的过程中?

In the following sentence: 在追求这一目标的过程中,赛事转播和媒体是基本要素,国际足联与央视的合作伙伴关系发挥着至关重要的作用。 What does the 这一 here mean? I understand it modifies 目标, but does that mean 一 here works as a measure word for 目标?If ...
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Are 根 (gēn) and 条 (tiáo) both measure words for 油条 (yóutiáo)?

I asked a Chinese friend if the measure word for 油条 (yóutiáo) is 条 (tiáo). They said I should use 根 (gēn), but I'm unsure why. It might be because it's plain wrong, or perhaps just that 根 is better. ...
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Is it OK to use 只 (only) when it already uses 只 as a measure word?

In the following sentence: ”银座养蜂项目“始于2006年,目前在银座的三个大厦屋顶都设有养蜂场,各有20-30万只蜜蜂。 The sentence means: "Ginza Bees Project" started in 2016. Now the roof of all three buildings in Ginza have the bees ...
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What's the difference between 顿 and 道 as a measure word for meals?

What's the difference between 顿 and 道 as a measure word for meals? What each measure word stresses? 吃了一顿饭 吃了一道饭 Looks like 顿 used to mean 点头 diǎntóu or 鞠躬 jūgōng. If it's so, then presenting "a dish"...
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Is it permissible to use 个 in any nouns as a measure word?

In the book titled "Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide", the author writes the following: In mainland China, in informal speech, 个 can be used as the classifier for almost any noun, ...
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The abbreviation rule of a measure word

In the following sentence: 昨天晚上买了张彩票,结果中奖了。 If I understand it correctly, 张 means 一张 but 一 is omitted here. Also, if you want to mean it in plural (i.e. buy multiple lottery tickets), the ...
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消费 coupled with the MW: 个

I noticed that dictionaries cite 消费 as having the MW: 个 。 Is there a reason that this this particular noun has a measure word? It doesn't seem as if it were to be a word that uses a measure word. ...
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How to state fractions with units of measurement? (e.g. 0.75 lb, 1.5 lbs, 1.75 lbs, etc.)

"1 lb" is 一磅 and "half-pound" is 半磅. And "3/4" is 四分之三. So far, so good. But I'm not clear on how to read measurements like 3/4 lb, 1.5 lbs and 1.75 lbs in Chinese. My guesses below would be: 3/4 lb ...
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Measure word and vocabulary for internet posts

If I want to say "There are 100 Facebook posts" or "There are 100 Tweets", how do I do so? From Pleco, I got: 帖子 = post (forum), 推特 = Twitter, 脸书 = Facebook. So is it something like: "这是百个脸书(推特)帖子。...
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Why are measure words sometimes omitted?

For example, "我有房子", but why not "我有一栋房子"? Why "我有孩子" and not "我有一个孩子"? Why "我不是坏人" and not "我不是一个坏人"? Thanks
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I'd like to know any resource to check the Measure Word for a given word

There are many resources that offer a list of Measure Words, but I'm interested in finding a resource where I can type a word and get its Measure Word back. Thank you very much in advance to anyone ...
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Measure words for music

I'm aware of the construct: 一首歌曲。 However, what's the difference between the following 声音 constructs? 一张音乐 一曲音乐 一段音乐
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Why does the order of 人口 change?

One of the first questions in my book is 你家有几口人? But the book highlights the word "人口" as people. Why does it change? Is it because 口 is the measure word for 人? Could you say 三口人口? When do you use ...
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What classifier imply a volume?

I know that you can use 盒 to suggest that there is a collection of the following noun, such as 一盒麻将牌 (a box of mahjong tiles) and I was wondering which other classifiers I can use for a similar effect,...
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Is there a difference in meaning between 那年夏天 and 那个夏天

I asked a native speaker whether these phrases were equivalent in meaning and she said no (although agreeing that they both ultimately do "point" to the same concept). I asked if 年 here is basically a ...
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Chinese countable/uncountable nouns (How do they work? Examples?)

I recall in Mandarin class, my teacher would often discuss an idea about countable nouns. I never really understood how one would easily determine when one is faced with a countable vs uncountable ...
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Combining noun and measure word

I have read an article which shows this sentence 一本书, and then if want to make it plural, it becomes 书本, so my question is it for all noun and measure word? Example: 一首歌 becomes 歌首
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Do you use 个 when describing distances/weights?

I'm trying to figure out if you ever use 个 when describing distances or weight. For example, people say "十公里“ NOT "十个公里“ - right? does the same apply for weights? like 公斤?