Measuring 多

Asking distance, age, height, length, etc. can be done by using the Question Word 多 (how) together with the appropriate Stative Verb. To answer, the NU-M phrase takes the place of 多. Although 有 is the main Verb in sentences which introduce measurement, it is often omitted.

S (有) SV
(yǒu) duō zhòng?
(有) 重?

How much do you weigh?


ANSWER:

dàgài wǔshí gōngjīn.

大概 五十 公斤。

About 50 kg.


tājiāde háizi duō dà?
他家的 孩子 大?

How old is his kid?

ANSWER:

yīnggāi liùqī suì.

应该 六七 岁。

Maybe 6 or 7 years old.

àoméntǎ (yǒu) duō gāo?
澳门塔 (有) 高?

How tall is the Macao Tower?

ANSWER:

dàgài èrbǎisānshí mǐ.

大概 二百三十 米。

About 230 meters.

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