| In each of the examples
above the classifier bay (used here as the classifier for 'hat') is
used with a descriptive word or phrase. You will notice that whereas a number-word
comes before the classifier (Unit 2, section B.1, Point 5), the examples here show us that
the place for the descriptive word or phrase is after the classifier.
The examples you had in Point 1 of this section
showed you that descriptive words are not always preceded by a classifier. In this
connection notice the following contrasting pairs of examples:
nán raakhaa thaˆwray
|| 'How much is that hat?'
|mùak nán raakhaa thaˆwray
|| 'How much is that hat or
níi duu dii maˆak
|| 'This orange looks very
|soˆm níi duu dii maˆak
|| 'This orange or these
oranges look very good.'
These examples indicate
that when the classifier is used with a descriptive word you are talking about one
particular hat or orange or whatever it may be. When the classifier is omitted, on
the other hand, you may be talking about one hat or several, about one orange or the whole
lot of them.