Numbers and classifiers

Authored by: Naomi H. McGloin , Mutsuko Endo Hudson , Fumiko Nazikian , Tomomi Kakegawa

Modern Japanese Grammar

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415571999
eBook ISBN: 9780203856628
Adobe ISBN: 9781135151393


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There are two number series in Japanese, those of native (J) origin and those of Chinese (C) origin. The native numbers go only from 1 to 10 (and then skip to 20 in some cases). Interestingly, the multiples in this series start with the same consonant; 1 and 2 with ‘h,’ 3 and 6 with ‘m,’ and 4 and 8 with ‘y.’

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