Newbie: This?

December 08, 2010, 04:56 PM posted in General Discussion

Hello All, Total Newbie here! Please tell me if zhè and zhège is fully interchangeable to say "this"?

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December 08, 2010, 05:43 PM

No, they aren't fully interchangeable because 个 ge4 might not be the correct measure word for the noun that follows. 


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December 09, 2010, 01:57 AM

As a Newbie, you definitely don't need to worry about that right now.  I would stick with "zhège" for now, and later on you'll learn the proper measure words to use in place of "ge," but it won't hamper communication in the meantime.


"this car"

You can say "这个车" (zhè ge chē) and be understood just fine, even though it should actually be "这辆车" (zhè liàng chē).