Chinese Grammar: 二 vs 两 to say two
After learning some numbers in Chinese, Lupishu likes to present himself with numbers. He wanted to say 我 有 二 个 眼睛 (I have two eyes) but Master Yocha told him he can’t use 二 (èr) in this sentence. Lupishu was very confused because he remembered two is 二. What's going on? It's time to learn about 两(liǎng)！ After you know the difference between 二 and 两, you can help him to solve this problem and I’m sure he will be very happy!
In Chinese, both 二 (èr) and 两 (liǎng) mean two, but they are used in different circumstances. Let’s see when you should use each.
Use 二 to count
二 as an ordinal number
Use 两 to express “two of” or “both of”
两 is used when you want to say “ two of ...”， “a couple of” or “both of them”. Remember the measure words that we have learned before? When you are specifying a quantity, 两 should always be put in front of a measure word.
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