"Our dog has only one ear."


November 29, 2017



Aww poor one-eared puppy

December 13, 2017


So it looks like 只 is the mw for 耳朵 because 只 is a measure word for one thing in a pair. Cool!

November 29, 2017


No, it can be used on things not in pairs. It can even be used on animals, birds, things like boxes, watches, rings, other body parts like hand or foot, to name a few.

November 29, 2017


Question for you. I am still trying to understand when measure words are required. In this case 狗 did not have one and 耳朵 did. Is the measure word needed when there is a possibility of more than 1,
P.S. there is nothing wrong with your examples

July 18, 2018


Chinese is specific only when it is needed to be (certainly there are limitations). The Chinese sentence of Duo above also applies in the case where "we" have more than one dog and all of them have only one ear, i.e. "Our dogs have only one ear." It is certainly a bit odd but is nonetheless completely correct. The number of dog(s) is not mentioned and is not important as long as it is/they are our dog(s). You need a classifier when you talk about the quantity, whether you specify it, approximate it, or inquire about it.
e.g. 我们有一只狗只有一只耳朵。
One of our dogs has only one ear.
(Cf. 我们有些狗只有一只耳朵。)
A few of our dogs have only one ear.
How many of our dogs have only one ear?

July 26, 2018


Thanks. Your answers really help in understanding.

July 26, 2018


Hands and feet are in pairs, so that was an appalling example, but OK.

January 11, 2018


So, can I say "我们只有一只一只耳朵的狗。"?

October 4, 2018


Lol. It is not perfect (seriously). It should be "我们只有一只只有一只耳朵的狗。" Lit. We have only one dog that has only one ear.

October 9, 2018


This is great! Right up there with this one: 你骂了你妈妈的马吗? (Did you scold your mom's horse?)

December 14, 2018
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