The 3 Chinese ‘De’: 的, 地, 得


Let’s talk about the trickiest Chinese particles today – 的, 地, and 得 (all pronounced as “de”).

If you’ve been learning Chinese for a while, these 3 ‘de’ might’ve confused you.


的 is used to link attributes to nouns.

Structure: attribute + 的 + noun

Example: 美好的春天 (méihǎo de chūntiān) 🔹 a beautiful spring


地 is used to link adverbials to verbs.

Structure: adverbial + 地 + verb

Example: 高兴地去外面 (gāoxìng de qù wàimiàn) 🔹 to happily go outside


得 is used to link verbs or adjectives with complements.

Structure: verb/adj+ 得 + complement

Example: 跑得飞快 pǎo dé fēikuài 🔹 to run fast



Complete these sentences to practice!

1️⃣ 你应该仔细 ___ 研究这个问题。

2️⃣ 寒冷 ___ 冬天到了,大家要多穿衣服。

3️⃣ 他的汉字写 ___ 很好看。

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