1. Representing individuality

2. Basic-unit of Classifier.

Used for people, time and basic things in general


In Chinese, there are more than two hundred Measuring Words - 量词 (liàng cí) – often translated to English as Classifiers. They are used to classify and quantify. The concept is similar to collective nouns in English (Eg. A pack of wolves, A flock of birds) except each Classifier is a single unit of its own. Since there are no plurals in Chinese, the quantity is indicated before the Classifier.

Other Classifiers in this handbook include:

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