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Making Sense of Grammar
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When ‘a number + measure word’ is used with a relative clause, it tends to appear before the relative clause, not immediately before the noun/noun phrase. It is indefinite and it means ‘(a) certain’. (When it appears immediately before the noun/noun clause, the sentence is still correct but may have a slightly different implication.)

昨天我收到一个爸爸寄给我的礼物。

zuó tiān wǒ shōu dào yī gè bà bà jì gěi wǒ de lǐ wù 。

Yesterday I received a present that my father sent me.

这是一件大家都已经知道的事,你不用说了。

zhè shì yī jiàn dà jiā dōu yǐ jīng zhī dào de shì ,nǐ bú yòng shuō le 。

This is a matter (that) everybody already knew about. You don’t have to say it anymore.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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