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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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Purpose of the reduplication in 一步一步地往上爬

(A)别着急,一步一步地往上爬,爬不动的时候就休息一会儿。 (B)我请田芳一句一句地给我纠正。 I learned about the reduplication of Measure words (e.g:个个,天天 ) but these sentences use a different structure. (1)What is the purpose of this ...
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Why is 条 the measure word being used in 那条街名是以一个将军的名字命名的

I know that the measure word for 街 is 条, but in this sentence the subject being identified is 街名, a word for "street name". My understanding is that a "name" has measure word 个: ...
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Expressing existence with 有: Are measure words compulsory?

I learn a new structure with 有. Place + 有 + Object I wonder if measure words are compulsory. I see everyone says: 我家有很多花。以前有一座桥。那个商店没有面包。 But nobody says: 我家有花。以前有桥。 So, are measure words ...
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Use of 成 / 乘 number quantifiers in Cantonese

I learned in Cantonese class that adding 成 to a Number can imply a degree of something. For example, 七成 means 70%. I explored further and it seems that it can be used to describe the rarity of your ...
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一张网页 or 一个网页 (“a webpage”): which is the better choice of measure word, and why?

I just want to say "a webpage", and the two natural options are 一个网页 一张网页 It's not hard to find examples of both: 访问一个网页的全过程[src] 我的第一张网页范例[src] It seems natural to use the measure ...
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Nouns that don't require a measure word

Some of the time nouns don't require measure words. 三年,四周,五天,六秒,七日 ... Are there any more nouns (time nouns or otherwise) that don't require a MW ? Is there a comprehensive list somewhere ?
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Using measure words for “one [thing]”

I came across this sentence: 一人说一句。 Yī rén shuō yī jù. Each person say one sentence. There are no measure words after either of the 一's. Is it a rule that you don't have to use measure words for ...
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是个[adj + noun] vs 是[adj + noun]

A flashcard asked me to translate "Beijing is a big place". I proposed "北京是大地方“ and the answer was "北京是个大地方" (namely I omitted the 个). 1) Is my answer grammatically correct? I thought that, unlike ...
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What measure word should I use when I have two nouns with different measure words?

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!
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What's the difference between 一份工作 and 一家工作?

I just encountered in the HSK4 book 一份工作 while I'm accustomed to 一家工作. Judging from Baidu (一份工作; 一家工作), both are grammatically correct and widely used. I am unsure if they're different or not. My ...
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What does 回 do in 这回事?

I have come across quite a few instance of 这回事(儿) instead of 这件事. Is there is a real difference between the two, or is it just a syntactical preference of the speaker?
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Is 身 commonly used as a measure word?

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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What does 家 mean in 家医院?

I came across 家医院 in example sentences in an anki deck I downloaded. I know that 医院 means hospital. I tried to look up 家医院 in two dictionaries but could not find it. What is 家医院? Is it equivalent ...
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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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How to say “this” in “This is my third time in Taiwan”?

Several times I've told people that I'm Taiwan for the third time and everybody understood me just fine, but I'm not sure I'm saying it right. 這個是我的三次在臺灣 I know 次 is the word for "time" in this ...
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Why is a measure word not required in 一年有三百六十五天?

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 three hundred and sixty-five 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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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 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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Why did my teacher mark down 一把 as a classifier for 手機?

My teacher detracted a few points for using 一把手機。It seems that 一台,一部, 一個 are better choices. However, I find many occurrences of 一把手機 Google search Is it a dialectal phenomenon? Maybe in dialects ...
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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,我韩国旅游时的我的房东的。 X: ...
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When can a classifier be omitted? E.g. in 一女子跟着自己的包进了安检机

I know in Ancient Chinese there often was no classifier. But sometimes I notice the same phenomenon in modern Chinese. Today I heard the sentence: 一女子跟着自己的包进了安检机 For which words is such a usage ...
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Classifier choice for 荚谜

Cross-post notice I usually wait for a week before cross-posting, but it's been 6 days, so I decided not to wait till tomorrow. Again, asked on Quora, no response, marked as needing editing. ...
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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 ...
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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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Is classifier/measure word required after demonstrative?

I have been reading into this topic and found a bit conflicting information - some say it is mandatory to put a classifier after demonstrative (e.g. zhè), while some say it actually is not mandatory. ...
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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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Where to put the adjective when asking for something that comes in multiple sizes?

This morning in Taipei I went to buy a coffee. I knew how to say 我要一杯咖啡 and I knew the word for big is 大. But I didn't know where in the sentence to put the 大. Does it go before 杯 to mean "big cup"? ...
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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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个 ge usage plus 每 mei

Anybody can explain me the reason why: -we don't say 每个年 but 每年? and, on the contrary, we must say 每个月 and not 每月? -Is there somethig to do with the fact that sometimes we must use 全 (全身)instead of 整个 ...
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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 ...