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Expressing "every" with "mei"

In this article we will look at the structure for saying "every" in Chinese, which is slightly more involved than just throwing in the word 每 (měi).

Structure

The pronoun 每 (měi) covers the meanings of "each" and "every." It should normally be used with a measure word and used with 都 (dōu) in a complete sentence.

每 + Measure Word + Noun + 都

Note that there are some words that don't use measure words because they themselves are already measure words. For example: 天 (tiān), 年 (nián), 周 (zhōu), 次 (cì) etc.

Examples

  • 个 菜 好吃。Měi gè cài dōu hěn hǎochī.Every dish is delicious.
  • 个 人 认识 吗?měi gè rén dōu rènshi ma? Do you know every person?
  • 老板 个 月 出差。Lǎobǎn měi gè yuè dōu chūchāi.The boss goes on business trips every month.
  • 不 吃 早饭。měi tiān dōu bù chī zǎofàn.Every morning he skips breakfast.
  • 来 中国。měi nián dōu lái Zhōngguó.He comes to China every year.
  • 个 星期 给 妈妈 打电话。měi gè xīngqī dōu gěi māma dǎ diànhuà.I give mom a phone call every week.
  • 这个 班 的 个 学生 很 聪明。Zhège bān de měi gè xuéshēng dōu hěn cōngming.Each of the students in this class are very smart.
  • 老师 给 我们 很多 作业。Lǎoshī měi tiān dōu gěi wǒmen hěn duō zuòyè.Every day the teacher gives us a lot of homework.
  • 我们 要 开会。Wǒmen měi zhōu dōu yào kāihuì.Every week we need to have a meeting.
  • 他们 个 周末 去 公园。Tāmen měi gè zhōumò dōu qù gōngyuán.Every weekend they go to the park.

See also

Sources and further reading

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