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One of the kanji we recently learned in class was 着. We learned it could be used for to wear [着]{き}る, to arrive [着]{つ}く, and as either a "classifier for arrival" or a "counter for jacket".

In our homework, we have the following 2:

  1. [六]{ろく}[時]{じ}[着]{ちゃく}
  2. [六]{ろく}[着]{ちゃく}

I am not sure how the classifier and counter work. This is what I think they mean:

  1. 6 o'clock arrival (like as in an appointment)
  2. 6th arrival (as in the 6th person to arrive) or 6 jackets

Is this the correct way to use the kanji?

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Yes, that is correct. I think it's usually more obvious, especially when they appear in paragraphs.

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Does 6着 really mean '6th arrival' ? – oldergod May 2 '13 at 4:08
Yes. You see this used a lot in a race. – Kohsuke Kawaguchi May 2 '13 at 4:27
Then how do you say 6 arrivals? – oldergod May 2 '13 at 4:31
I'm afraid I don't understand what the English phrase "6 arrivals" means. Can you make an example sentence that's a bit longer? – Kohsuke Kawaguchi May 2 '13 at 4:44
着 as counter is only applicable to cloths, I think. If you are counting the total number of arrivals of something, you'd be using the counter appropriate for that something, as in 便 for airlines and 本 for buses/trains, etc. – Kohsuke Kawaguchi May 2 '13 at 14:33

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