use of 'de'



Could you please explain the usage of 'de' in Nǐ kěyǐ xiàng wǒ tuījiàn yīnggāi cānguān de dìfāng ma? Thanks.


The particle being used in this sentence is 的 (de) which is most often used for indicating possession, like "my friend". It can also be used to build more complex descriptive phrases and this is where I get a bit fuzzy. In this sentence, it is cānguān de dìfāng (参观的地方). 参观=visit and 地方=place.  The reference below adds this:

"Another way to use 的 (de) is as an attributive. It's just a way of connecting adjectives or other words with a noun. It gives us more information about the noun, and the 的 (de) makes it clear that the extra information is connected to the noun."

So here, the noun is "place" and the attribute is "to visit".

This sort of thing is what makes Chinese grammar challenging.

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