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个 (個)

  1. measure word unit
    Domain: Quantity 数量
    Notes: The most common measure word, 个 is used to count a wide variety of things when each can be counted as an individual unit for nouns that do not have a more specialized measure word (CED '个' 1; CPT '个' 1; Ho, 2002, '个'). If the number of units is two then 两 should be used, not 二. For example, 把两个男孩 'two boys.' (Lao She, 2003, p. 247) 个 may also be used after an ordinal. For example, 第二个房间 'the second room.' (VOA, 2015-12-29) In literary Chinese, its use dates back to at least Northern and Southern dynasties (420–589) vernacular (Norman 1988, p. 115). For example, from the Song dynasty, 若有一个臣 'If there was a minister ...' (Zhu Xi, 1983, Preface on Commentary to the Great Learning)
  2. measure word before an approximate number
    Domain: Quantity 数量
    Notes: (CED '个' 2; CPT '个' 2)
  3. measure word after a verb and between its object
    Domain: Quantity 数量
    Notes: (CED '个' 4; ; CPT '个' 3)
  4. measure word to indicate a sudden event
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: After 一 incidating suddenness (CED '个' 6; CPT '个' 5)
  5. measure word individual
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Function Words 虚词
    Notes: As part of the composite word 个人 (CED '个' 7; CPT '个' 构词)

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CollectionDocument TitleOccurrences
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《少儀》 Smaller Rules of Demeanour 3
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《檀弓下》 Tan Gong II 2


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天子 《月令》 Proceedings of Government in the Different Months in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 8
《大學章句》 Commentary on Great Learning in Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 1
作为第一螃蟹 文学 Literature - Fragment c (2016-02-04) in Media articles 1
多巴哥加勒比地区十三国家批发中国商品 文学 Literature - Fragment d (2016-02-04) in Media articles 1
连续 文学 Literature - Fragment i (2016-02-04) in Media articles 1
只是故事 猴年 Year of the Monkey - Fragment e (2016-01-30) in Media articles 1
大致方面原因 狮子会上树 Lions can climb trees - Fragment b (2015-11-02) in Media articles 1
今儿 Teahouse - Act II (Part) 《茶馆》 第二幕 (部分) in A small number of phrases from the writings of Lao She 2
國君 《檀弓下》 Tan Gong II in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 2
《少儀》 Smaller Rules of Demeanour in The Book of Rites 《禮記》 3