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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.
Is this yours?
这 是 你的 吗?
Zhè shì nǐ de ma?
He is my friend.
他 是 我的 朋友。
<Tā shì wǒde péngyǒu.>

 

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've bought a lot of nice things.
我 买 了 很 多 漂亮 的 东西。
<Wǒ mǎi le hěn duō piàoliang de dōngxi.>
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.
Shanghai has an extra big airport.
上海 有 非常 大 的 机场。
Shànghǎi yǒu fēicháng dà de jīchǎng.
The airport in Shanghai is extra big.
上海 的 机场 非常 大。
Shànghǎi de jīchǎng fēicháng dà.

 

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

I am just reading a book on Chinese literature.
我 在 看 一 本 讲 中国 文化 的 书。
Wǒ zài kàn yī běn jiǎng Zhōngguó wénhuà de shū.
There are more and more Westerners who can speak Chinese.
会 说 汉语 的 西方人 越来越 多。
Huì shuō hànyǔ de xīfāng rén yuè lái yuè duō.
The book that I have bought is related to Chinese history.
我 买 的 书 跟 中国 历史 有 关系。
<Wǒ mǎi de shū gēn Zhōngguó lìshǐ yǒu guānxì.>
It is too crowded here, we better go to a slightly calmer place.
这里 太 热闹,我们 还是 去 安静 一点 的 地方 吧!
Zhèli tài rènào, wǒmen háishì qù ānjìng yīdiǎn dì dìfāng ba!

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