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For questions about measure words and classifiers (量詞 or 量词), e.g., 個/个, 雙/双, 張/张

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What does the second 幅 mean in 真是一幅幅美丽的山水画?

...真是一幅"幅"美丽的山水画... VS ...真是一幅美丽的山水画... I am having some problems figuring out why there is a second ”幅” in the sentence and what it means? If I took out the second "幅” what would the meaning then be ...
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Learning how to use measure / count words properly

Chinese has measure (or count) words like “个” (一个人), “部” (三部车), etc. These always get me confused, and there way too many of them. Are there any general rules that can help me memorize them? Also, ...
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How to correctly use "多" to say "more than"?

I know a similar question has already been answered but I still have a lot of doubts. To my understanding if a number is ≤9, you need to put "多" after the measure word (or after the name if it doesn'...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between classifiers and measure words?

The terms classifier and measure word are often used interchangeably, with the latter being (reportedly) more common in language courses. They both translate to 量词 (literally "measure word") ...
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Measure words for disrespect

I know certain measure words convey respect, for example: 一位客人 Is there something similar I could use to emphatically disrespect someone, as in: 他是一?饭桶 Or is just using 个 disrespectful enough?
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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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Optional measure words

I've seen many times that some nouns are used with and without measure words. Is it optional to use measure words with certain words? The most notable ones I have come across, 星期 下星期,下个星期 一星期,两个星期 ...
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Is 个 acceptable for all nouns? [duplicate]

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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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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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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