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Postby DeathstarX » Fri 08.12.2005 12:59 pm

HeyoZ all!

I was reading the grammar articles at another website when it introduced the counter 'dai' for objects such as televisions and radios. I have three questions pertaining to this:

1. Are there any special cases where it's not just a simple task of putting the number in front of the counter?

such as for nin, you have hitotsu.

2. Is the kanji for 'dai' 台? In mandarin, I recognise this as a counter as well (read as 'tai').

3. Other than TVs and radios, what else can you use 'dai' for?

Help would be much appreciated. ^^ Thanks!
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RE: Counter Question

Postby skrhgh3b » Fri 08.12.2005 5:15 pm

according to my dictionary, 台 is a counter for vehicles and machines. it doesn't appear to have any irregularities. がんばってね。
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RE: Counter Question

Postby Spaztick » Sat 08.13.2005 12:32 am

Actually, 台 can also be read 'tai' in Japanese, but I guess for only the counter it's dai. Since it seem such a strange counter, naturally there probably aren't any exceptions. =)

If you want, you could just use つ counters for general counting or for obscure objects (hitotsu, futatsu, etc). I find this comes in real handy when counting or saying that there are so many # of objects, but you don't know the counter. :)
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RE: Counter Question

Postby DeathstarX » Sat 08.13.2005 2:19 am

I see I see. Arigato gozaimasu! ^^
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