Chinese grammar:才"cai" used for small numbers

This article is a stub. Editors can help the Chinese Grammar Wiki by expanding it. The character 才 (cái) can be used to emphasize that a number is small, or less than expected in Chinese grammar.

subject+才+number+measure word+noun

It is used for Expressing quantity, Emphasizing.


Zhèɡe bànɡōnɡshì cái yǒu wǔ ɡè rén.
这个 办公室 才 有 五个 人。
This office only has five people.

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