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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?
How does your luggage look?
你 的 行李 是 什么 样子?
Nǐ de xíngli shì shénme yàngzi?

 

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

 

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.
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.>
There still are some places that are quite safe.
还 有 一些 比较 安全 的 地方。
Hái yǒu yīxiē bǐjiào ānquán de dìfāng.
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.

 

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 restaurant, that we go to, is not far.
我们 去 的 饭店 不 远。
Wǒmen qù de fàndiàn bù yuǎn.
I am just reading a book on Chinese history.
我 在 看 一 本 讲 中国 历史 的 书。
Wǒ zài kàn yī běn jiǎng Zhōngguó lìshǐ de shū.
Those of you people who want to drink coffee, raise a hand.
要 喝 咖啡 的 人 举手。
Yào hē kāfēi de rén jǔshǒu.
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.