III. Creating an emphasis on each individual
Some measure words and nouns indicating measure can be reduplicated and followed by dōu都(all) to mean ‘each and every (without exception)’, such as gè个, tiān天(day), nián年(year), jiā家(family), rén人(person). This is a very strong way to say ‘every’, stronger than měi每 (every). The emphasis is on the fact that there are no exceptions.
1. Lǎo Wáng de háizi gè gè dōu
huì shuō Fǎyǔ.
Each and every one of Old Wang’s children speaks French.
2. Wǒ tiān tiān dōu kàn bào.
I read newspapers every single day.
3. Měiguó rén jiā jiā dōu yǒu diànhuà.
Each and every American family has a telephone.