Chinese Adjectives

You may remember way back in school, your teacher will have told you that an adjective is a describing word. Well, just like in English, a Chinese adjective is added to a noun to give it a quality or to define it in a better way.

You could say that adjectives are all about making the noun better.

Whether it's in English, Chinese, or any other languages, a world without adjectives would be a very dull and boring world indeed. There would be no fast cars, they'd just be cars. No sunny days, they'd just be days...

So, let's celebrate the power of the descriptive word, and find out all about Chinese adjectives.

Pronouncing Chinese adjectives

According to the noun it's linked to, adjectives can have:

An attributive function, when it is linked directly to a noun.

A predicative function, when it is linked to the noun through the verb 是 shì (to be).

More Examples of Chinese Adjectives

The Position of Chinese Adjectives

The adjectives that are used to describe nouns in Chinese are always put IN FRONT OF the noun they describe, no matter how long or short the adjective description is.

Adjectives and Adverbs

Chinese adjectives summary

  • Adjectives in Chinese are connected to the nouns with 的 de.
  • The adjectives can have an attributive or predicative function.
  • Adjectives are always put in front of the nouns they modify, no matter how long the adjective expressions are.
  • Adverbs in Chinese use the same words as adjectives, but are connected to the verbs with 地 de.

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