Advanced numbers

  • Approximating numbers
    • By putting consecutive figures side by side, e.g. 一两, 十五六.
    • With 左右
    • With 差不多
  • 几 can replace numbers 1 - 9
  • Putting 多 after 十, 百, 千 or 万 indicates a number higher than the one stated but lower than the next round number. Similar to 'odd' in English, e.g. "30 odd."
  • Putting 来 in this position indicates a number around the one stated.
  • Approximation can also be indicated by putting 左右 or 上下 after a numeral.
  • Serial numbers are read out digit by digit.
  • Complex number forms
  • Discounts
  • Numbers and superstition


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