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Mini-Test Answer: 条 (tiáo)

Apr. 12, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The right answer to the test is A.

Translation:

         Zhōumò qù guàngjiē ba.
Lana: 周末      去   逛街      吧。

 

         Let’s go shopping this weekend.

         Hǎode, nǐ xiǎng mǎi shénme?
Lucy: 好的,   你 想     买    什么?

 

         Ok, what do you want to buy?

         Wǒ xiǎng mǎi yì tiáo kùzi.
Lana: 我 想      买   一 条 裤子。

 

          I want to buy a pair of pants.

Analysis:

In Chinese, the measure words to describe clothes sometimes confuses the beginners, normally in Chinese we use “件 (jiàn)” to describe the top parts of clothing, such as jackets, sweaters, etc. We use “条 (tiáo)” to describe the clothes for the lower part of one’s body, such as trousers, skirts, etc. Besides these, when we want to describe a set of clothes including jackets and pants, we use the word “套 (tào).”

Examples:

Nǐ zhè jiàn wàitào hěn hǎo kàn!
你 这   件     外套   很    好   看!

 

Your jacket looks nice!

Zhè tiáo kùzi duōshao qián?
这     条  裤子 多少         钱?

 

How much for this pair of pants?

Wǒ xiǎng wèi miànshì mǎi yí tào xīfú!
我     想    为     面试     买 一 套 西服!

 

I want to buy a suit for the interview!

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