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In Korean, attaching a quantity to a noun almost always requires the use of a "classifier." As shown below, the classifers vary according to the physical charateristics of the corresponding noun. The basic formula is:

NOUN NUMBER+CLASSIFER Classifier: Used to Count:
책 두권 "two books" -권 bound objects
종이 두장 "two sheets of paper" -장 flat objects
펜 두자루 "two pens" -자루 long thin objects
개 한마리 "one dog" -마리 animals
맥주 한병 "one bottle of beer" -병 bottles
차 한잔 "one cup of tea" -잔 cups of liquid
밥 두그릇 "two bowls of rice" -그릇 bowls
차 한대 "one automobile" -대 machines,vehicles

>The "default" classifer is -개, which can be translated as "unit"; use this generic classifier when one others listed above is not appropriate.

TWO NOTES:
1. The list provided here is partial.
2. The classifiers given here are all used with pure Korean numbers pure Korean numbers
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(provided the quantity is fewer than 100; over 100, one
uses only the Sino-Korean number system Sino-Korean number system
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).

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* * * Counting Things using Classifiers * * *
In Korean, attaching a quantity to a noun almost always requires the use of a "classifier." As shown below, the classifers vary according to the physical charateristics of the corresponding noun. The basic formula is:

NOUN NUMBER+CLASSIFER Classifier: Used to Count:
책 두권 "two books" -권 bound objects
종이 두장 "two sheets of paper" -장 flat objects
펜 두자루 "two pens" -자루 long thin objects
개 한마리 "one dog" -마리 animals
맥주 한병 "one bottle of beer" -병 bottles
차 한잔 "one cup of tea" -잔 cups of liquid
밥 두그릇 "two bowls of rice" -그릇 bowls
차 한대 "one automobile" -대 machines,vehicles

>The "default" classifer is -개, which can be translated as "unit"; use this generic classifier when one others listed above is not appropriate.

TWO NOTES:
1. The list provided here is partial.
2. The classifiers given here are all used with pure Korean numbers (provided the quantity is fewer than 100; over 100, one
uses only the Sino-Korean number system).


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