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Measure Words: Size & Shape

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


Bunches of things, things with handles, i.e. keys, chair, flowers, etc. 


duī

Large stack or pile, i.e. trash, etc.


gēn

Long slender things, i.e. hair, guitar strings, matches, cigarettes, drinking straws, etc.

颗 / 顆

Small spheres, compact items, i.e. pearls, corn, hearts, satellites, apples, soybeans, teeth, etc.


Small round things, i.e. peas, a pill, a grain of rice, peanuts, etc.


shàn

Windows and doors, things that have hinges.

条 / 條
tiáo

Long thin things, winding, i.e. ribbon, river, road, pants, a life, etc.

团 / 團
tuán

Pile, i.e. wool yarn, string, junk, rice, etc.

张 / 張
zhāng

Flat items, i.e. photographs, table, event tickets, paper, newspapers, etc.


zhī

Long and straight, i.e. rods, straws, pens, etc.

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