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Lesson 112: Counting objects and the flat object counter 枚

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The counter 枚

The counter まい is used to count flat, thin objects like paper, photographs and plates. Note in the table below that when using the counter まい after a numeral, no phonetic change occurs. In fact, for all counters starting with an m sound, no phonetic change occurs when they are preceded by a numeral.

JapaneseHiragana reading
one flat, thin objectいちまい
itimai
two flat, thin objectsまい
nimai
three flat, thin objectsさんまい
sanmai
four flat, thin objectsよんまい
yonmai
five flat, thin objectsまい
gomai
six flat, thin objectsろくまい
rokumai
seven flat, thin objectsななまい
nanamai
eight flat, thin objectsはちまい
hatimai
nine flat, thin objectsきゅうまい
kyuumai
ten flat, thin objectsじゅうまい
zyuumai

Using counters to count objects

When counting objects we can place the counter after the object we are counting.

I want three photos.しゃしん さんまい が ほしい です。
syasin sanmai ga hosii desu.
There are four plates.さら よんまい が あります。
sara yonmai ga arimasu.
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