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口(kǒu) is normally only used to introduce the number of family numbers while 个(gè) can be used in much broader occasions. For example,

1)我的家里有三口人

Wǒde   jiālǐ     yǒu    sānkǒu   rén

My      family  has    three    people

‘There are three people in my family.’

2) 教室里有三个人

Jiàoshìlǐ        yǒu   sāngè   rén

Classroom    has   three    people

‘There are three people in the classroom.’

彭小川,李守纪,王红. 对外汉语教学语法释疑201例. 北京:商务印书馆,2004.
answered Nov 10, 2020 by Mickey (7,360 points)

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