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Dlezcano

Pinyin rules for 个

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Dlezcano

Hi everyone, I am romanizing lots of Chinese sentences for teaching purposes, and I have read 《新华拼写词典》 thoroughly. Even though this book is quite comprehensive about pinyin rules I have a question about the "pinyinization" of the classifier 个 since some cases are not explained in it.

For instance it says 一个人 should be written yī gè rén, which is ok for me when it means "one person", I also think it should be written yīgèrén when the meaning is "alone" but I can't find the reference anymore. I would appreciate if anyone can confirm this.

Also, I am not sure whether I should put the tonemark on 个 in some cases; for instance in  一个钟头 yī gè zhōngtóu the classifier is marked because it is preceded by 一, but then in 他是个宽宏大量的人 tā shì ge kuānhóng-dàliàng de rén, I think should be written without tonemark since this reflects the way of speaking it out. The book applies this rule of writing the corresponding tone or the 轻声 depending on the context also with other characters like 上 or 里, but never with 一, which is always rendered with the first tone. So my question is when I should write 个 with a fourth tone and when toneless?

 

Thank you in advance.

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