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
你好!

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:
来了人
"Someone's coming"
人来了
"(certain person that you already all know and are expecting) is coming"

毯子拿来给我吧
You should get the blanket for me (maybe your favorite blanket)

拿来毯子给我吧
You should bring me a blanket (doesn't matter which, just a blanket)
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