(#30) Counting / 两

We had went the chinese numbers in a previous post, do you still remember them?

零,一,二,三,四,五, 六,七,八,九,十.
ling2, yi1, er4, san1, si4, wu3, liu4, qi1, ba1, jiu3, shi2

When we do actual counting, all is the same, except for one exception. 二 er4 is changed into 两 liang3.

It is for all the cases when you are counting with a counter, and also for hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, etc. One more scenario that it is used: specifically for 2 o’clock (not for 12 o’clock)

一个,个,三个 yi1 ge4, er4 ge4, san1 ge4
一位,位,三位 yi1 wei4, er4 wei4, san1 wei4
一只,只,三只 yi1 zhi1, er4 zhi1, san1 zhi1
一支,支,三支 yi1 zhi1, er4 zhi1, san1 zhi1
一枝,枝,三枝 yi1 zhi1, er4 zhi1, san1 zhi1

 

一百, 百,三百 yi1 ban3, liang3 bai3, san1 bai3 one hundred, two hundred, three hundred
一千, 千,三千 yi1 qian1, liang3 qian1, san1 qian1 one thousand, two thousand, three thousand.
一万, 万,三万 yi1 wan4, liang3 wan4, san1 wan4 (direct translation have no meaning related to this entry)

 

一点,点,三点 yi1 dian3, liang3 dian3, san1 dian3 one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock

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