Measure Words: People

Please Note:  The measure words listed below may have other uses in Mandarin, but this list specifically addresses use with respect to People.

个 / 個

People & Things, i.e a (yī gè) person, two (gè) people, a thing, an example, etc.


A corpse.  


Dependent persons.  Most often used in written Chinese.  


Person (professional), i.e. a doctor, a nurse, an attorney.

Can be substituted with 位.


Only used for persons (formal/respectful), i.e. teachers, professors, a man, a woman, etc.

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