in china, are the specific measure words always used? or the term 'ge' for everything?
Feb 28, 2008 2:06 AM
Answers · 5
What they've said is correct. 'ge' is not used for everything. 'ge' is simply a generic measure word. Almost everything has its own specific measure word. Locals can judge a foreigners Chinese ability by how many correct measure words they use. However, if you just you 'ge' for everything, Chinese will understand you and its a lot better than using none at all!
February 29, 2008
it depends. to some extent, "ge" is similar to "piece" in english in that they are restricted in context.
March 1, 2008
well there are lots of such words,such as "zhang" yi zhang zhi (a piece of paper), "zhi" yi zhi bi(a pen, a pencial)....
"ge" is not for everything, but when you say "ge" people also can understand you
"ge" is okay to be used with a person, an idea, a hat, an hour and some others.
"ping"瓶 is for a bottle of wine or water.
And here are some usages about this kind of words
February 28, 2008
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