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I was learning the kanji 本 and read the following line:

Counter - (Sometimes pronounced ぼん or ぽん) - counter for long cylindrical things....

So my question is, when do you pronounce this as a ぼん or a ぽん? Does this depend on the item or is this a dialect-specific situation?

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When 本 is used as a counter, you only use ぼん/ぽん in the following situations:

一本{いっぽん}、三本{さんぼん}、六本{ろっぽん}、八本{はっぽん}、十本{じゅっぽん}

All other pronunciations use ほん. This works for bigger numbers as well:

八十本{はちじゅっぽん}、百六本{ひゃくろっぽん}、etc.

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