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About adjectives and “的”

Would I be right to say the following?

*By the way, do adjectives uses predicatively (after the noun they modify) all require to be used with a degree adverb?

A. If an adjective in Chinese has only one syllable (monosyllabic), a 的 is not required after it.

For example:



As book is one syllable in Chinese (shū), “的” is not used.

B. Adjectives with more than one syllable requires the particle 的.



Blue (wéilán) is disyllabic, which is why it’s followed by 的.

C. If a monosyllabic adjective is itself modified by an adverb (degree adverb) it also requires the use of 的.


*Could I say that the reason why 很大 is followed by 的 is because it becomes a disyllabic expression?

D. When a disyllabic adjective modifies a disyllabic noun, we don’t have to use 的.


This is because public is two syllables (公共) as well as place (场所).

E. Predicative adjective do not use “的”.



F. We can sometimes use “的” with predicative adjectives. According to my book:

“However, this is not always the case. In the three examples above, the adjective

is evaluative, conveying a comment or judgment, but it is also possible for the

adjective to be descriptive rather than evaluative. When this is so, 的 is likely

to be present”

I’m not quite as to the meaning of that excerpt.

Does it mean that if the adjective used predicatively is descriptive in nature, then 的 is then used?

What I don’t understand is that my book provides me with two examples:


“Life there is extremely enjoyable.”



“That man is an extremely honest person.”

Aren’t they both descriptive in nature?!

In the first sentence the speaker judges life to be extremely enjoyable.

In the second sentence he judges the man to be extremely honest.

How is the first sentence considered evaluative and the second sentence descriptive?

Could anyone provide some clear explanations on this?

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“Life there is extremely enjoyable.”



“That man is an extremely honest person.”

I think the Chinese should be:




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