|Kanji in this term|
Usage notes 
In Japanese, numerals cannot quantify nouns by themselves, except in certain cases for the numbers from one to ten (and then only using the forms ending in -tsu, such as hitotsu or futatsu). Instead, 助数詞 (“counter words”) are used after the number to count objects and events.
For example, 匹 (hiki) is the counter for small animals:
- inu nihiki
- "two dogs" (literally "dog two-small-animal")
See also 
- 類別詞 (るいべつし, ruibetsushi)