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を denotes a direct object in a sentence. は denotes the subject. Here, えんぴつ is the subject of the sentence, so it should have a は next to it.


For your purpose, the most often-used word would be 「話{わ}」 followed probably by 「回{かい}」, but not 「挿話{そうわ}」. 「挿話」 is more like an "anecdote" or a little "side-story". Ordinally, we say 「第{だい}(number)話{わ}」 or 「第{だい}(number)回{かい}」 . Cardinally, we say 「(number)話」,「(number)話分{わぶん}」,「(number)回分{かいぶん}」, etc. "I watched 13 episodes so far." = ...


I'd do: The three pigeons over there are noisy あそこにいる3羽の鳩がうるさい The four seasons are spring, summer, autumn and winter 季節には、春、夏、秋、冬の4つがある . I was told in a previous question that numberのnoun was more of a written thing I don't think there is such an expression. You do say 一の重、一の段 etc. but this is not for counting.

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