分 Minutes and Parts... Am I crazy or did it used to be ぶん part?

Hmm, interesting! I don’t remember how it was originally.
It seems when the meaning of [number]+分 is parts, as in 3分の1 the 分 is always ぶん, but if the meaning of [number]+分 refers to minutes, then it can rendaku (as in 3分 read as さんぷん). So it’s good that they changed it this way to emphasise this difference.

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We already have a smartphone that can be folded. How long until they invent a rollable smartphone?

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Touché! :person_fencing:

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Why, in English (my native language) do we say: 4 sheets of paper, 3 cups of coffee, 6 packs of cigarettes, 3 spools of thread, 2 bolts of fabric, 10 cans of paint, 3 slices of pizza, and I could go on and on. A “different counter” for different types of things.

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@AnimeCanuck Let me know if this answers your question!

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冊 is the counter for books/volumes :slightly_smiling_face:
EX:
一冊の本を買った / Bought one book
同じ本を三冊買った / Bought 3 copies of the same book

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Thank you! I knew I wasn’t insane!

It does, thank you. Also, I was surprised somehow it was marked already as a solution, when I hadn’t done it. Avoided the forums for a day or two because I was spending too much time on them… ^_^; But thank you 皆さん for the responses!

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Gotta love how the kanji for book (本) counts cylinders, the kanji for plate (皿) counts books IS AWFULLY SIMILAR TO THE KANJI THAT COUNTS BOOKS 冊, and the kanji for sheets (枚) counts plates.

And despite scrolls being cylinders, they’re counted with 巻, but sushi rolls 巻きずし are counted with 本.

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:thinking:

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ignore me I’m tired and those kanji are way too similar anyway

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*patpats* There there, Wantitled. We still love you. I make those kinds of mistakes all the time.

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I also think it’s absurd English has these terms for different groups of animals.

Even English has counters in some places, such as “seven sheets of paper”. Saying “seven papers” makes it sound like you’re talking about seven essays or something.

Well that’s just no fun.