Using 的 (de) with Adjectives

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 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.)

 

 

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