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The simplest form of the name attribute are possessive pronouns:  /wǒde/ MINE,  /nǐde/ YOUR, /tāde/ HIS 

MINE
我的
wǒde
YOURS
你的
nǐde
HIS
他的
tāde

 

EXAMPLES: POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

 

Their dishes are both good and cheap.
他们 的 菜 又 好吃 又 便宜。
Tāmen de cài yòu hàochī yòu piányi.
He is my friend.
他 是 我的 朋友。
<Tā shì wǒde péngyǒu.>
His Chinese is more fluent than mine.
他的 中文 比 我的 流利。
Tā de Zhōngwén bǐ wǒ de liúlì.

 

NAME ATTRIBUTES are also things like a BLACK horse, a BEAUTIFUL town, an EXPENSIVE car

Name attribute comes in front of the word that it describes and ends with  /de/: 很 贵 茶 /hěn guì de chá/ AN EXPENSIVE TEA

Obvious and natural connections such as 中国茶 /Zhōngguó chá/ CHINESE TEA are connected without  /de/

 

EXAMPLES: BASIC ATTRIBUTES

 

I often drink extra fine African coffee.
我 常常 喝 非常 好 的 非洲 的 咖啡。
Wǒ chángcháng hē fēicháng hǎo de fēizhōu de kāfēi.
The airport in Shanghai is extra big.
上海 的 机场 非常 大。
Shànghǎi de jīchǎng fēicháng dà.
I often drink extra fine coffee.
我 常常 喝 非常 好 的 咖啡。
Wǒ chángcháng hē fēicháng hǎo de kāfēi.
Today at eight in the morning I start my 8 hours shift.
我 今天 早上 八 点 上 八 个 小时 的 班。
Wǒ jīntiān zǎoshang bā diǎn shàng bā gè xiǎoshí de bān.

 

See the animation below. Even long attributes such as “people, WHO WANT TO GO TO CHINA” are in front of a described word and are connected with  /de/

First sentence is 他想去中国 /Tā xiǎng qù Zhōngguó/ HE WANTS TO GO TO CHINA. 

Second sentence is 想 去 中国 人 很多 /Xiǎng qù Zhōngguó de rén hěnduō/ PEOPLE, WHO WANT TO GO TO CHINA, ARE MANY = THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO TO CHINA.

EXAMPLES: LONG ATTRIBUTES

The book that I bought yesterday is good but expensive.
我 昨天 买 的 书 很 好 可是 很 贵。
Wǒ zuótiān mǎi de shū hěn hǎo kěshì hěn guì.
This is my most favorite Chinese dish.
这 是 我 最 喜欢 的 中国菜。
<Zhè shì wǒ zuì xǐhuan de Zhōngguó cài.>
The things that he said yesterday make sense.
他 昨天 说 的 东西 有 道理。
Tā zuótiān shuō de dōngxi yǒu dàolǐ.
There are many people who want to go to China.
想 去 中国 的 人 很 多。
Xiǎng qù Zhōngguó de rén hěnduō.