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Asked 23 months ago by Brady1  

Hi,

I know 的 is used to indicate possession but I was wondering why it is not needed in the question 你家几口人 - How many people are in your family?

I would've thought that since you are asking someone about something which is theirs, you would need to indicate with 的.

If anyone can explain, that would be great.

Cheers.

  
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In terms of pronouns acting as attributives indicating possession, we usually add 的, e.g. 你的书 (your book)、我的杯子 (my cup). If the noun to be modified is a country, organization, or relative, sometimes we do not need to use 的,e.g. 他们国家(their country)、我妈妈 (my mother)、我们公司 (our company).

In this case, 家 is related to one's family members, relatives and it is also like an organization in a sense, so we don't need to use 的 - instead we just say 你家. Hope this is helpful!

Answered 13 months ago by lisaC