Couple of posts ago, we watched a video to learn about the measure words in Chinese language, and looked at the most common measure word, 个 (gè), in more detail. In the same post I also introduced few other measure words, 只 (zhī) ，张 (zhāng) ，条 (tiáo) and 顶 (dǐng). Today let’s learn when and how to use the measure words 只 (zhī) and 顶 (dǐng).
只 (zhī) is a measure word most commonly used to quantify one of a pair. Few examples:
两只眼睛 (liǎng zhī yǎnjīng): two eyes
两只手 (liǎng zhī shǒu): two hands
一只鞋 (yī zhī xié): one shoe
It is also used to quantify animals, boats and containers:
一只鸡 (yī zhī jī): one chicken
一只船 (yī zhī chuan): one boat
两只箱子 (liǎng zhī xiāngzi): two suitcases
顶 (dǐng) is a measure word for something with a top. It is most commonly used to quantify hats, caps. Few examples:
一顶帽子 (yī dǐng màozi): a hat
一顶帐子 (yī dǐng zhàngzi): a mosquito net
I hope this post was helpful on learning about the usage of measure words 只 (zhī) and 顶 (dǐng). Next post we will look at the measure words 张 (zhāng) and 条 (tiáo) in more detail.