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Lesson 60 Penjodoh bilangan (Classifiers)
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A second reading (by Michelle Nor Ismat, a native speaker)
dua orang bini
tiga buah kereta
empat ekor kucing
enam biji telur
tiga biji durian
sepuluh batang rokok
dua pucuk surat
Enam ekor kucing
(= 6 cats)
The use of numerical coefficients can be summarized as follows:
is used for people. The word itself means "person, people".
is used for animals. The word itself means "tail".
is used for most objects eg. books, tables, cars, houses, schools. The word itself means "fruit".
is used for small, round objects such as eggs, sweets and fruits. The word itself means "seed".
is used for long, slim items such as pencils, pens, or sticks.
is used for a piece/pieces of paper, bread, cake, cheques, photographs.
is used for letters and arms.
Anda ada anak?*|
Ya, saya ada tiga orang anak.
Tidak, saya tidak ada anak.
Dia menghisap** lima batang rokok tiap hari.
Dia ada dua buah kereta.
Saya ada seekor anjing.
Jiran saya ada dua ekor kucing.
Do you have any children?|
Yes, I've got three children.
No, I do not have any children.
He smokes five cigarettes a day.
He has got two cars.
I have a dog.
My neighbour has two cats.
*But if it is the number of children that you want to know, the question is: Anda ada berapa orang anak?
Also, as it is a question, remember to raise your voice at the last syllable (or add the suffix -kah
is also spelt mengisap
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