Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

个 (個) ge gè

  1. ge measure word unit
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: 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: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Quantity 数量
    Notes: (CED '个' 2; CPT '个' 2)
  3. measure word after a verb and between its object
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: 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)

Contained in

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Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第六回 Chapter 6 41
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第五回 Chapter 5 35
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第十三回 Chapter 13 31
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第二十六回 Chapter 26 30
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第十四回 Chapter 14 30
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第二回 Chapter 2 28
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第二十五回 Chapter 25 27
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第十七回 Chapter 17 27
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第四回 Chapter 4 27
The Scholars 《儒林外史》 第三回 Chapter 3 27