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Very Common Measure Words

Although these MWs may not be required in English, at times they may be used in a similar way to English MWs.


Objects with handles (chairs, knives, umbrellas, toothbrushes, scissors, etc.)


bĕn

Books and magazines.


chuàn

Items that come in bunches or clusters (grapes or bananas, skewer of vegetables, etc.); or are joined together (such as a set of keys, etc.)

顶/頂
dĭng

Hats. 


fèn

Portions (such as newspapers, shares, copies, jobs, etc.)


fēng

Letters (written document) or mail.

个/個

Generic measure word (when in doubt use 个).  Commonly used for people, ideas, things like apples, etc.)

间/間
jiān

Rooms (one bedroom, one house, two bathrooms, etc.)


jiàn

Clothes, luggage or matters (one coat, one affair, one blouse, etc.) 


Trees.

辆/輛
liàng

Wheeled vehicles (car, truck, bus, bicycle, etc.)

piān

Written items (article, report, essay, etc.)
a


shŏu

Passages of verse (songs, poems).


tái

Used for large electrical things (washing machine, dryer, television, computers, radios, treadmill, etc.)

条/條
tiáo

Long, winding objects (snake, river, streets, dragon, necklace, pants, etc.)


wèi

Polite replacement for 个 gè when referring to people (teacher, guest, preacher, etc.) 

张/張
zhāng

Flat items or surfaces (map, bed, table, a sheet of paper, photograph, etc.)


zhī

Long stick like objects (pencil, pen, cigarette, rose, etc.)

只/隻
zhī

Animals,  birds, insects, or one of a pair (hand, shoe, etc.)


zuò

Huge and relatively permanent things (mountains, bridges, etc.)

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