Questions tagged [quantifiers]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
15 votes
1 answer
5k views

How to list numbers of things

Where do you place the counter in Japanese when you want to specify how many of something there are, especially if you're listing multiple things? I believe the counter usually goes after the particle ...
purplecat's user avatar
  • 379
6 votes
2 answers
486 views

How do adverbs denoting amounts such as たくさん and ちょっと work?

Japanese counters such as 一つ are adverbs even though they describe nouns such as in the following sentence. りんごを一つ食べた It is clear that 一つ refers to the amount of apples. However, what do adverbs ...
Joe's user avatar
  • 1,189
3 votes
2 answers
128 views

How to parse 移民が多く働いているレストラン

首都のワシントンでは、移民が多く働いているレストランなどがたくさん休みになりました。 In the capital -- Washington -- many restaurants where immigrants work took a break. I'm not sure how to parse 移民が多く働いているレストラン. Is 多く modifying 働く ...
user3856370's user avatar
  • 29.9k
2 votes
2 answers
160 views

How many is 数多の数?

Example from a 2017 website: 数多の数ある猫種、是非お気に入りの猫ちゃんを見つけて下さい。 Question: In what order of magnitude would you expect the number to be? Or, since it probably depends on the context, what would the ...
Nicolas Raoul's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
152 views

What does the grammar "noun が noun、verb" mean?

In a game I am playing, I ran across the sentence, "ひらりと白い[欠片]{かけら}がひとひら、舞い込んできた。" It appears that both 欠片 and ひとひら are nouns. After this, there is no particle before the verb. What type of ...
user7432's user avatar
  • 177
1 vote
1 answer
318 views

what is the proper way to use 一冊? [duplicate]

For example when I say 彼は本を一冊持っています vs 彼は一冊の本を持っています Which is more natural?. the first one seems more correct to me but I don't really know why or...maybe I'm wrong.
duacos's user avatar
  • 13
0 votes
1 answer
140 views

How does the Japanese language quantify over dual numbers?

x-posted from linguistics stack exchange According to the evolution of the English language, certain quantifiers (both, either, neither, each I think this is exhaustive) are remnant of the older dual ...
Fomalhaut's user avatar
  • 241
0 votes
0 answers
68 views

How does the Japanese language do dual quantification? [duplicate]

According to the evolution of the English language, certain quantifiers (both, either, neither, each I think this is exhaustive) are remnant of the older dual number. However, Japanese, if I recall ...
Fomalhaut's user avatar
  • 241