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ben : book Pinyinběn (third tone)
English[measure word for books]
Pronounce like the 'ben' in 'bend'

The pictogram is that of a tree with the root emphasised. It is used as the measure word for such things as books and magazines you can't just say 'I have three books' you need a word like 'I have three bundles of books'. In English the closest we have are special collective nouns ('a pride of lions; a bunch of keys') but they are optional, in Chinese they are always needed.

yǒu sān běn shū
wo : I you : have; possess san : 3; Three ben : root; book shu : book
I have three [of] books

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