That’s Mandarin Tips : Using ‘de (的)’ with Adjectives

That’s Mandarin Tips : Using ‘de (的)’ with Adjectives

 In English, it’s common to see phrases like “a beautiful park”, “an interesting person”, “a big room”, etc. You don’t need to put anything between an adjective and a noun in these cases. In Chinese, things get a bit more complicated. You might need to insert a “de(的)” between an adjective and a noun, depending on what adjective it is. Generally speaking, A “de(的)” is not needed if the adjective only contains one syllable. If an adjective contains two or more syllables, then a “de(的)” needs to be inserted in between the adjective and the noun. Just follow this simple rule and you will be fine.  Now let’s have a look at some examples:

 

English

a beautiful park

Chinese (Pinyin)

yī  gè  piào liàng  de  gōng yuán

Chinese (Character)

一个漂亮公园

(The adjective “piào liàng(漂亮)” contains more than one syllable, so a “de(的)” is needed in this case.)

 

English

an interesting person

Chinese (Pinyin)

yī  gè  yǒu qù  de  rén

Chinese (Character)

一个有趣

 

English

a big room

Chinese (Pinyin)

yī  gè  dà  fáng jiān

Chinese (Character)

一个大房间

(The adjective “dà(大)” only contains one syllable, so a “de(的)” is not needed in this case.)