Classifiers (Learn Chinese)

CLASSIFIERS

classifiers

  • In Chinese, before an item, a small word that accompanies the item (called “classifier”) and depending on the type of noun to which the article refers is used. Let me explain:

Ge4 (geˋ) = main classifier

Xie1 (xie-) = plural classifier

Kuai4 (kuaiˋ) = pieces classifier

Ben3 (benˇ) = book classifier

Tai2 (taiˊ) = gadget classifier

Zhang1 (zhang-) = classifier for objects with flat surface

Ba3 (baˇ) = classifier for objects that fit in your hand or carry with handle

Zhi1 (zhi-) = for objects of thinness and long

NUMBER + CLASSIFIER + NOUN

  • According to this, to say:

Three Computer = san1 tai2 dian4nao3

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