Lesson 7 – The Usages of the Measure Words – 次(cì) / 遍(biàn) / 趟(tàng) / 场(chǎng)

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次 (cì)

(Verbal Measure Word)

To modify the actions which can be repeated

e.g.

我们见过一次。

(Wǒmen jiàn guò yī cì.)

HSK4我考了四次也没过。

(HSK4 wǒ kǎo le sì cì yě méi guò.)

 

遍 (biàn)

(Verbal Measure Word)

To emphasize the whole process of an action from the beginning to the end.

e.g.

请再说一遍。

(Qǐng zài shuō yí biàn.)

这本书我看了两遍。

(Zhè běn shū wǒ kàn le liǎng biàn.)

 

趟 (tàng)

(Verbal Measure Word)

To indicate the whole process of going to and returning from a place.

e.g.

这些东西一趟搬不完。

(Zhè xiē dōngxi yí tàng bān bù wán.)

我去了两趟,他都不在。

(Wǒ qù le liǎng tàng, tā dōu bú zài.)

 

场 (chǎng)

(Nominal Measure Word)

refers to the whole process of doing something, and is often used to modify variety shows or sports games

e.g.

我想和你打一场比赛。

(Wǒ xiǎng hé nǐ dǎ yì chǎng bǐsài.)

一年有几场汉语考试?

(Yìnián yǒu jǐ chǎng hànyǔ kǎoshì?)

 

Supplementary materials:

The Beauty of Chinese Measure Words

4 Common Chinese Measure Words – 个/只/支/头

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