In Chinese, a number cannot be next to a noun by itself, it must be accompanied by the measure word that is appropriate for the noun being used. Measure words can be seen as a way to divide up nouns into categories based on the nouns’ nature and physical characteristics.
Examples of Chinese measure words are as the following.
本 – for books
点 – used to emphasize a little of something
I can speak a little Chinese.
“一” is optional.
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