Measure Word 量词 liàngcí


Words known as classifiers or measure words  are used along with numbers to define the quantity of a given object, or with demonstratives such as "this" and "that" to identify specific objects.

Many flat objects such as tables, papers, beds, and benches use the classifier 张 zhāng, whereas many long and thin objects use 条  tiáo.

一张海报 = a poster
一张纸    = a piece of paper
一张书桌 = a desk


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