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How do you like Japanese counters
, the words that are used along with numbers to count different types of things in Japanese?
Counters can be a little tricky, since you have to choose the counter that goes with the thing you are counting. Here are a few simple rules for counting in Japanese:
- To count long things, use ～ほん （～本）.
- To count flat things, use ～まい（～枚）.
- To count small animals, use ～ひき（～匹）.
- To count large animals, use ～とう（～頭）.
- To count machines or cars, use ～だい（～台）.
- To count small things you can hold in your hand, use ～こ（～個）.
- If all else fails (or you can't remember the correct counter), use ～つ.
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