几 (幾)

  1. number several
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: 几 can represent an approximate number between one and nine. For example, in spoken Chinese, 你帮几天忙好了 'Please help for a few days.' (Lao She, 2003, p. 176; Guoyu '幾' jǐ adj 2; Kroll 2015 '幾' jǐ 2)
  2. pronoun how many
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Concept: Interrogative Pronoun 疑问代词
    Notes: 几 may be used when an integer number between 1 and 9 is expected. It is used in this sense as an interrogative pronoun in both modern and Literary Chinese (Norman 1988, p. 119; Sun 2006, loc 2442; ; Guoyu '幾' jǐ adj 1; Kroll 2015 '幾' jǐ 1).
  3. adjective subtle / invisible / imperceptible
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 细微 (Guoyu '幾' jī adj 1; Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 1; Mathews 1931 '幾', p. 53)
  4. noun sign / omen
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 预兆 (Guoyu '幾' jī n 1; Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 1a)
  5. adverb nearly / almost
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Guoyu '幾' jī adv 1; Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 2; Mathews 1931 '幾', p. 53)
  6. verb near to
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 2a)
  7. noun imminent danger
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Guoyu '幾' jī adj 2; Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 3)
  8. noun circumstances
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 4)
  9. noun duration / time
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 5)
  10. adjective opportunity
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 机会 (Kroll 2015 '幾' jī 5a)
  11. adjective never has / hasn't yet
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 几曾 (Guoyu '幾' jī adv 2)
  12. phonetic ji
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Used in transliteration of foreign names (Mathews 1931 '幾', p. 54)

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