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二(èr) VS 两(liǎng)

When we count the numbers, we usually say 一(yī)、二(èr)、三(sān)……

But when 二(èr)(two)is put before the measure words, it should be changed into 两(liǎng)(which also means two)

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such as

  • 两(liǎng)杯(bēi)啤酒(píjiǔ)(two cups of beer)
  • 两(liǎng)碗(wǎn)米饭(mǐfàn)(two bowls of rice)
  • 两(liǎng)个(gè)人(rén)(two persons).

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