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Chinese Grammar: How To Use Nouns

Nouns are words that people use to denote the name of a person or thing.

Chinese nouns need classifiers in order to be counted.

Chinese nouns are very simple - there is only one noun form which does not change regardless of whether or not it’s masculine, feminine or plural.

In order to form a plural noun, the Chinese character 们 - men is used.

Example:

That boy is happy.

那個男孩很高興.

Nàgè nánhái hěn gāoxìng.

Those boys are happy.

那些们男孩很高興.

Nàxiē men nánhái hěn gāoxìng.

I'm very sad.

我很傷心.

Wǒ hěn shāngxīn.

We're very sad.

我们很傷心.

Wǒmen hěn shāngxīn.

Note:

  • Chinese language has measure words to indicate the number of nouns; these words don't exist in English language.

Examples:

A pair of shoes.

一条對鞋.

Yītiáo duì xié.

Measure word: 条 - (Tiáo).

Three book.

三个書.

Sān gè shū.

Measure word: 个 - (Gè)

Four tables.

四张個表.

Sì zhāng gè biǎo.

Measure word: 张 - (Zhāng)


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