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N3 Lesson 7: 11/21


Per~, A~, Apiece, Each


Number + Counter + ()たり


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About 当たり

When attached to the end of numbers or counters, the noun ()たり 'to hit' will be used as a suffix. In these cases, the meaning is usually translated as 'per (A)', or 'each (A)'. Let's take a look at some examples.
  • 一個(いっこ)()たり5(えん)(つく)ことができます
    We are able to make this for 5 yen each.
  • 一食(いっしょく)()たりカロリーは500kCal です
    It has 500 calories per serving.
Fun Fact
While the literal meaning of ()たり is 'to meet' (as in 'to come into physical contact with'), as a suffix, ()たり has a nuance that is similar to に(たい)して 'to be in relation to'. This similarity can be seen in the following:
(A) ()たり (B) - Regarding (A), (B) equates to it.
(A) に(たい)して (B) - Regarding (A), (B) equates to it.
  • この(くるま)一台(いちだい)()たり1トンあります。
    This car equates to 1 ton per vehicle.
  • 一人(ひとり)()たり5000(えん)入場(にゅうじょう)できます。
    The price for entry per person equates to 5000 yen.


  • 一個(いっこ)()たり代金(だいきん)は1000(えん)です。

    The price is 1000 yen per item.

    • 一人(ひとり)()たり(さん)()ずつパン(くば)ります。

      I will hand out three pastries per person.

      • これ一個(いっこ)()たり50キロカロリーあります。

        These have 50 kilocalories apiece.

        • 給料(きゅうりょう)年俸(ねんぽう)だけど、(いっ)(げつ)()たり30(まん)くらいかな。

          I get an annual salary, but it comes out to about 300,000 yen per month.

          • 一日(いちにち)()たり1000(えん)手当(てあ)てが()ます。

            1000 yen will be provided per day.

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            当たり – Grammar Discussion

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            • Johnathan-Weir


              Look at all of Bunpro’s examples and some more online it seems like 当たり is only attached to a unit of 1. 一日、一人、一個、1リットル、など

              Is this actually the case? If so it would be good to make a note of that to help distinguish it from ずつ.

            • nekoyama


              The previous comment in this thread seems to have an example with 1万人当たり.

              Here’s another example from the wikipedia article on 公営田 (public rice fields):

              For each five [farmers], 1 chou was assigned for cultivation.

              Another from the article on 自転車:

              There are 86.55 million [bicycles], one per 1.5 people.

            • Johnathan-Weir


              Ahh, I don’t know how I missed that. Thanks.

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