Why is a measure-word not required in this case?

Updated on November 4, 2018 in Learn Chinese
1 on November 4, 2018

Consider the following two sentences:

A year has twelve months 一年有十二個月 Yī nián yǒu shí’èr gè yuè

A year has threehundreds sixtyfive days 一年有三百六十五天 yī nián yǒu sānbǎi liùshíwǔ tiān

Why is the measureword 個 left out in the second sentence? What is the general grammar rule for cases like this?

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Because 年 ,月 and 星期 are nouns, but 天,日 and 周 can be nouns and measure words. Thus, when we use 天,日,周,it`s unnecessary to add other measure words before them. 

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