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Shíèrge xiǎoshí shífēnzhōng

Michael-K122 November 17, 2015, 8:05 pm
In Shíèrge xiǎoshí shífēnzhōng  why does 'hour', but not
'minute' have the classifier 'ge'?
Shíèrge xiǎoshí shífēnzhōng
Robert-C7 November 17, 2015, 9:45 pm
One of my references says that minute 分钟 (fēnzhōng) is a quasi-counter, i.e. a noun that acts as its own counter and so use of another counter is prohibited.  Hour 小时 (xiǎoshí) and week 星期 (xīngqí) are special quasi-counters and as such, use of the 个(ge) is optional.  Other quasi-counters are year and day.
Shíèrge xiǎoshí shífēnzhōng

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