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Plural in chinese

Jaime_Andres October 10, 2011, 6:47 pm
So far i've learned quite a few nouns, but I've always wondered how to distinguish singular from plural. Is there a special extra character for this?
Plural in chinese
Dustin4 October 14, 2011, 2:37 pm
Other than adding 们 to the pronouns to make them plural, I don't think there is a specific character to indicate that a noun is plural. I believe you just have to look at the context of the sentence to determine if the noun is plural or not.

For instance:
那个人很高 - That person is tall
那些人都很高 - Those people are tall

The noun 人 does not change when referring to one or several, like it does in English from person to people. But you can identify that 人 is plural in the 2nd sentence because of the preceding word 些 meaning a few, and the word 都 meaning all.
Plural in chinese
Lin-Ping October 18, 2011, 3:32 am

That was perfectly answered DboP and I hope that Jaime_Andres understood it!

Keep up the good work!

- Lin Ping
Plural in chinese
Jaime_Andres October 18, 2011, 10:21 pm
谢谢你 DboP, I understand now. I guess I gotta practice more to get the difference between plural and singular sentences.
Plural in chinese
Oggiedoggy February 16, 2012, 6:12 am
Also,the position of the noun relative to the verb is often important for identifying the plurality of a noun.

Say you are at a party:
"Someone's coming"
"(certain person that you already all know and are expecting) is coming"

You should get the blanket for me (maybe your favorite blanket)

You should bring me a blanket (doesn't matter which, just a blanket)
Plural in chinese

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