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110. Counting objects and the flat object counter 枚

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Lesson 110: Counting objects and the flat object counter 枚

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.

Japanese Hiragana 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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