Measure words are important in Mandarin grammar, they are always used before a noun to specify its quantity unit. So, how we express these in Chinese?
Please watch our video to find out the answers.
(1) Grammatical structure of using measure words:
Quantity + a measure word + noun
(2) Six most common to use measure words, including
个 gè : it has the entire and complete meaning and expresses a complete and separate unit of people, things and ideas.
位 wèi : it specifies a unit of a person in respect and courtesy manner.
张 zhāng : it specifies a unit of thing that can be extensible, and specifies a unit of item in flat shape.
条 tiáo : it specifies a unit of thing that is in slender and strip shape.
件 jiàn : it often specifies a unit of clothing and things.
只 zhī : it specifies a unit of birds and animals and specifies a unit of a single object.