Number + Counter + 씩. 한 명씩 means person at a time. Right ?

If I want to use “Number+씩” Do I not have to shorten 하나 to 한 ?

I just know that If I want to use Number+Counter I have to shorten

1-4. 하나 + 명(Counter) = 한 명씩. I saw 하나씩 so this makes me confused

Is this 씩 a counter ? Or is it exempt from this rule ?


The number 하나, 둘, 셋, 넷 (and all numbers ending in these, like 11: 열하나) get abbreviate to 한, 두, 세, 네 when they are followed by a count word like 명(for counting people), 개 (for counting things) or 마리 (for counting animals) - more examples here. Without a count word, the long forms like 하나 should be used

So we say 하나 or 한 명.

"-씩" in 하나씩 or 한 명씩 is not a count word, it is a 접사 (a derivational suffix or possibly a clitic). So when it gets added to 하나, 하나 doesn't change to 한 - there is no count word here.

Thus, we can say either 하나씩 or 한 명씩, but we can't say 한씩.

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  • Thank you very much.❤️ – Kiw Aug 13 '19 at 4:16
  • Can I ask you another question ? What 하나둘씩 means ? – Kiw Aug 14 '19 at 14:06

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