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I really like “几”

Okay, I love 几. I love that, to ask the day of the week, the time, or someone’s age you can simply use 几.

星期几

几点

几岁

I just think it’s the coolest thing, and I’m having fun learning more places it shows up. We don’t have an equivalent word in English so, to me, it almost seems like shorthand for “an undefined thing” that makes for easy and to the point question asking.

How do you feel about 几? Do you like it? Does it confuse you? What are your favorite uses for it? If you’re a native Chinese speaker, how do you feel not having this word in English?

April 22, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/breezecccp

As you see, the character 几 can be used in questions to ask the number. It can also be used in statements, meaning "some".

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/morethanjustacat

Wow I guess I've never realized just how versatile 几 is... Glad you're having fun w/ it :)

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

What is the difference between 几 and 多少, which I have also seen used to mean "how many"/"what number"?

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex_tw

If you browse some info on the Internet, you might see something like "Usually we use 几/幾 when the quantity is below 10, while 多少 is used to ask about any quantity or number. "

But, in my humble opinion as a native speaker... actually they are the same (to me at least).

Usually it means "how many", and it sometimes comes with measure words (like 几个), and specific words like 几点、星期几、几岁 (literally "What hour", "What weekday", "How many age"). However, most of those are not interchangeable with "多少", otherwise the meaning might change or simply not make sense.

几点 (What hour?) ; 多少点 (How many points?)

星期几(What weekday?); 星期多少 (N/A)

几岁(How many age?); 多少岁(How many age? << This is equivalent to 几岁 and it's acceptable too, I think)

Hope this helps!

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex_tw

Also upvote for breezecccp! Agree that 几 can also be used in statements, meaning "some".

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

本人认为,“几”这个字的后面需要加一种量词,比如“个,条,只”等等的话。

我们不能说“你有几个水?” 正确的是,“你有多少水?”或者“你有几杯水?”,但是这两句话用不同的方面来提问水量。

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex_tw

但是平常說話的時候,我想我們還是會說「多少」加上量詞的。你可以參考這篇討論串:https://hinative.com/zh-CN/questions/40751

供您參考!

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

谢谢你的回复。学到了。

虽然英语也有这在口语化随便的语法但是在写文章时需要区别出来可不可数的语法 (也就是:how many 几个,how much 多少 那个区别)。

对于这个话题,你念学校时也收到老师如此的改错吗?老师能理解你的意思是一个”抽象的多少“所以不能批评你的用法,对不对?

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex_tw

我同意您提到的英語的這一點。在我們的教育是 How many + countable noun / How much + uncountable noun,但實際說話的時候也常常誤用(混用)在一起。

關於「多少 + 量詞」,我想應該不至於是一個「錯誤」(畢竟我們從小到大接觸到的就是這樣,覺得挺自然的)。我想學校老師批閱作文的時候,不論量詞的後面是抽象或實體的名詞,也不會認為這是錯誤的。

你或許也可以試試看用「多少 + 量詞」這個組合,換上不同的量詞,在網路上搜尋搜尋,就會看到其實這樣的用法很普遍。

我舉幾個例子給您:

多少人:https://www.google.com/search?ei=nXDCXJjcF-qtmAWUuL-wCA&q=%E5%A4%9A%E5%B0%91%E4%BA%BA&oq=%E5%A4%9A%E5%B0%91%E4%BA%BA&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i67j0l9.10019.10914..11169...0.0..0.55.462.11......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i30j0i5i30j0i5i10i30j35i39j0i131.kglBHC7GgoA

多少次:https://www.google.com/search?ei=qXDCXIuqDIj70gS7nYLoCA&q=%E5%A4%9A%E5%B0%91%E6%AC%A1&oq=%E5%A4%9A%E5%B0%91%E6%AC%A1&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i67l2j0j0i67j0l6.20289.20592..21224...0.0..0.46.122.3......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j35i39.XVhs7anz9Og

多少層:https://www.google.com/search?ei=v3DCXNvLCIeB0wTispewCw&q=%E5%A4%9A%E5%B0%91%E5%B1%A4&oq=%E5%A4%9A%E5%B0%91%E5%B1%A4&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i5i30l3.9787.18081..19250...0.0..0.55.212.5......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j35i39j0i67j0.4ls8anPyA2w

希望對您有幫助~

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH

Actually, a perfectly fine equivalent exists in English:

几 means how many

多少 means how much

It basically depends on whether you'll use a 量词 after you say 几. If not, then use 多少。

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Crayon824881

Indeed. an excellent point.

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Puppylover8611

Someone say what that means.

April 27, 2019
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