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I don't believe this distinctions between wago and kango is going to help you with counters. Often you may have a choice how to count things. For example, you can say りんごをふたつください。 You can also say りんごをに個{こ}ください。 which does use the counter 個 used for small objects like apples, eggs, bars of soap, etc. However, not everything can be treated like this. ...


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By the way, 年 is used for counting years, even in duration, in minna no nihongo. I notice 年間 is more common. Is there any subtle difference? Both 年 and 年間 are used for durations in Japanese. 三年ここに住んだ 三年間ここに住んだ I don't know which is more common, but 年間 is more formal or correct here.


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