Difference between revisions of "Measure words with "this" and "that""

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* <em>那</em> 个 人 <span class="trans">That person.</span>
* <em>那</em> 个 人 <span class="trans">that person</span>
* <em>这</em> 瓶 啤酒 <span class="trans">This bottle of beer.</span>
* <em>这</em> 瓶 啤酒 <span class="trans">this bottle of beer</span>
* <em>那</em> 块 巧克力 <span class="trans">That piece of chocolate.</span>
* <em>那</em> 块 巧克力 <span class="trans">that piece of chocolate</span>
* <em>这</em> 张 桌子 <span class="trans">This table.</span>
* <em>这</em> 张 桌子 <span class="trans">this table</span>
* <em>这</em> 本 书<span class="trans">This book.</span>
* <em>这</em> 本 书<span class="trans">this book</span>
* <em>这</em> 个 手机<span class="trans">This cell phone.</span>
* <em>这</em> 个 手机<span class="trans">this cell phone</span>
* <em>这</em> 只 小 狗<span class="trans">This small dog.</span>
* <em>这</em> 只 小 狗<span class="trans">this small dog</span>
* <em>那</em> 只 小 猫<span class="trans">That small cat.</span>
* <em>那</em> 只 小 猫<span class="trans">that small cat</span>
* <em>那</em> 杯 咖啡<span class="trans">That cup of coffee.</span>
* <em>那</em> 杯 咖啡<span class="trans">that cup of coffee</span>
* <em>那</em> 条 鱼<span class="trans">That fish.</span>
* <em>那</em> 条 鱼<span class="trans">that fish</span>

Revision as of 06:35, 22 November 2013

In English, when you refer to "that girl" or "this table" you only need to words: "this" or "that" plus the noun you're referring to. In Chinese, though, you also need a measure word in the middle between the two. In the very beginning you can get away with using 个 (ge) for everything, but pretty soon you're going to have to start using other measure words in these simple phrases.


If you use 这 (zhè) or 那 (nà) before a noun, you need to include a measure word (MW).

这 / 那 + MW + Noun


  • 个 人 that person
  • 瓶 啤酒 this bottle of beer
  • 块 巧克力 that piece of chocolate
  • 张 桌子 this table
  • 本 书this book
  • 个 手机this cell phone
  • 只 小 狗this small dog
  • 只 小 猫that small cat
  • 杯 咖啡that cup of coffee
  • 条 鱼that fish

See also

Sources and further reading