事故 classifier

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  1. yuechu Senior Member

    Canada
    Canada, English
    大家好!

    I was recently looking up the word 事故 in the dictionary and noticed that there are 3 possible classifiers 量词: 桩, 起 and 次. Are all of these common? Which would you say is the most commonly used one?
    Thanks!
     
  2. tess900722

    tess900722 New Member

    Chinese-China
    I would say 起 is the most commonly used one and 次 is the least commonly used one. 桩 sounds a little bit more formal than the other two, and it may be used more frequently in safety signs and legal contexts. But all three are common.

    BTW, I think you could put "一起事故", "一桩事故" and "一次事故" in Google and check out the number of results to get a rough idea about how commonly used are day. Not much help on the exact differences between them though.
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
  3. wu78754

    wu78754 New Member

    English - US
    一起事故 and 一桩事故 - one accident
    一次事故 - one time accident
     
  4. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

    Another common classifier for 事故: 场. 一场事故 sounds to have wider and more serious consequence.
     
  5. yuechu Senior Member

    Canada
    Canada, English
    Thanks, everyone, for your help!
     
  6. Fantasys New Member

    Chinese - China
    when using 起 and 桩, usually we focus on the 事故, when using 次, usually what we want to emphasize the number of times.
     

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