use of 'de'

Michael-K122

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

Robert-C7

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".

https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Structural_particle_%22de%22

This sort of thing is what makes Chinese grammar challenging.
 

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