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measure word for long and thin things
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Used for long and hard-to-break items, like a stick, baseball bat.
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Thanks for the input! But hold that thought: it does not have to be hard-to-break items. For example, we can also say 一根头发 (a thread of hair), 一根面条 (a thread of noodle), etc.
支 is for long and hard - to -break items, 根 is just for long and thin items.
To add to what Akhmadkhon mentioned above,
1. 支 is used on things that are hard and cannot be bent, while 根 can be used on things that are soft and can be bent (头发、面条、毛线, etc.). 支 can be used on abstract nouns, e.g. 队伍、歌曲
2. Note that 根 can also be used on things that are plants or related to plants and used to have roots, e.g. 黄瓜、木棍、火柴
got it , thanks for the info
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