Let’s pick up where we left off and look at couple more measure words in Chinese language. We have already learned 个 (gè), 只 (zhǐ), 顶 (dǐng), 张 (zhāng) and 条 (tiáo). Today let’s learn when to use the measure words 把 (bǎ) and 本 (běn).
把 (bǎ) is a measure word most commonly used to quantify objects that can be grasped or objects with a handle. Few examples below:
一把刀 (yī bǎ dāo): a knife
一把椅子 (yī bǎ yǐzi): a chair
一把茶壶 (yī bǎ cháhú): a teapot
It can also be used to quantify a handful of something:
一把米 (yī bǎ mǐ): a handful of rice
一把花 (yī bǎ huā): a bunch of flowers
本 (běn) is a measure word used for books.
一本书 (yī běn shū): a book
一本小说 (yī běn xiǎoshuō): a novel
一本字典 (yī běn zìdiǎn): a dictionary
It can also be used to quantify bound documents or paper products:
一本相册 (yī běn xiàngcè): a photo album