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COMPLEMENT

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When you are saying that someone speaks Mandarin WELL, that someone drives FAST etc., you are using a verb complement

In Mandarin we put the complement behind the verb and connect it with 得 /de/

See the phrase: 你 说 很 对 /Nǐ shuō de hěn duì/ YOU ARE SAYING IT CORRECTLY – YOU ARE RIGHT

BASIC EXAMPLES

I hear clearly.
我 听 得 很 清楚。
<Wǒ tīng de hěn qīngchu.>
I went (there) late.
我 去 得 晚。
<Wǒ qù de wǎn.>
Please say it in a slightly simpler way.
请 说 得 简单 一点。
Qǐng shuō de jiǎndān yīdiǎn.
I didn't get drunk because I didn't drink too much.
我 没有 喝 醉,因为 我 喝 得 不 多。
Wǒ méiyǒu hē zuì, yīnwèi wǒ hē de bù duō.
I had a good rest.
我 休息 得 很好。
<Wǒ xiūxi de hěn hǎo.>
You are saying it right, he really came too early.
你 说 得 很 对,他 真 来 得 太 早。
Nǐ shuō dé hěn duì, tā zhēn lái de tài zǎo.

When there is an OBJECT (like the word CHINESE in the sentence YOU SPEAK CHINESE WELL) the construction goes like this: SUBJECT – (VERB) – OBJECT – VERB –  得 – COMPLEMENT

First verb can be omitted

See the phrase: 中文 很好 /Nǐ shuō Zhōngwén shuō de hěn hǎo/ YOU SPEAK CHINESE WELL

EXAMPLES WITH OBJECT

He speaks Chinese well.
他 说 汉语 说 得 很 好。
<Tā shuō hànyǔ shuō de hěn hǎo.>
She cooks well.
她 做 饭 做 得 很 好吃。
<Tā zuò fàn zuò de hěn hǎochī.>
I agree. You are right!
我 同意!你 说 得 很对!
Wǒ tóngyì! Nǐ shuō de hěn duì!
The way he rides a car is dangerous.
他 开车 开 得 很 危险。
<Tā kāi chē kāi de hěn wéixiǎn.>
How did you spend your birthday?
你 生日 过 得 怎么样?
<Nǐ shēngrì guò de zěnme yàng?>
How does he speak Chinese?
他 说 中文 说 得 怎么样?
<Tā shuō Zhōngwén shuō de zěnmeyàng?>
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