Chinese Measure Words (Part 5): Pairs, Groups, Collections

Pairs

pairs

(雙)

shuāng pair of identical objects 一双眼睛 (yī shuāng yǎnjīng) “pair of eyes”

一双鞋子 (yī shuāng xiézi) “pair of shoes”

pair of complementary objects 一副碗筷 (yī fù wǎn kuài) “bowl and chopsticks”

一副刀叉 (yī fù dāo chā) “fork and knife”

一副眼镜 (yī fù yǎnjìng) “a pair of glasses”

(對)

duì man-woman pair 一对夫妻 (yī duì fūqī) “a married couple”, literally “one pair husband wife”

一对情人 (yī duì qíngrén) “pair of lovers”

Groups and Collections

groups

xiē a few 一些東西 (yī xiē dōngxī) “a few things”

(種)

zhǒng a kind 一种动物 (yī zhǒng dòngwù) “a type of animal”
qún group, flock 一群人 (yī qún rén)  “a group of people”

一群羊 (yī qún yáng) “a flock of sheep”

The character’s right side is the symbol for sheep.

(眾)

zhòng a crowd 一众人 (yī zhòng rén) “a crowd of people”

(組)

an organization 一组用戶 (yī zǔ yòng hù) “consumers’ organization”

一组数据 (yī zǔ shùjù) “a set of data)


(幫)
bān a class 一班学生 (yī bān xuéshēng) “a class of students”
bān a class 一班学生 (yī bān xuéshēng) “a class of students”
pái a row, queue 一排电杆 (yī pái diàn gān) “a row of electrical posts”

(隊)

duì a team, battalion 一队军人 (yī duì jūnrén) “a battalion of soldiers”
liè a chain, exhibited items 一列火车 (yī liè huǒchē) “a train”, literally “a chain of cars”

(項)

xiàng item in a list, headline 一项标题 (yī xiàng biāotí) “a headline”
chuàn skewer 一串肉 (yī chuàn ròu) “a skewer of meat”
dozen 一打鸡蛋 (yī dá jīdàn) “a dozen eggs”

(疊)

dié stack 一叠箱 (yī dié xiāng) “a stack of boxes/containers”

一叠钱 ( yī dié qián) “a stack of money”

 

 

Joe Varadi

Joe Varadi lived and studied in Shanghai and Taiwan, in a simpler time before blogs and smartphones got big. He is the creator of Trasee! for Chinese Trasee, a mobile app for Chinese reading and handwriting that incorporates many of the techniques he developed while learning Mandarin.