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 had a good rest.
我 休息 得 很好。
<Wǒ xiūxi de hěn hǎo.>
I had a good rest during the weekend.
我 周末 休息 得 很好。
Wǒ zhōumò xiūxi de hěn hǎo.
“how did you enjoy yourself?”
你 玩 得 怎么样?
Nǐ wán de zěnmeyàng?
How did you spend New Year's Eve?
你 新年 过 得 怎么样?
<Nǐ xīnnián guò de zěnme yàng?>
My mother got seriously ill, I have to take care of her.
我 妈妈 病 得 很 重,我 必须 照顾 她。
Wǒ māma bìng dé hěn zhòng, wǒ bìxū zhàogù tā.
You are right.
你 说 得 很 对。
<Nǐ shuō de hěn duì.>

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

I spent my birthday happily.
我 生日 过 得 很 开心。
Wǒ shēngrì guo de hěn kāixīn.
Let's not cross here, cars drive fast here.
这里 不 要 过 马路,这里 汽车 走 得 很 快。
<Zhèli búyào guò mǎlù, zhèli qìchē zǒu de hěn kuài.>
How did you spend your birthday?
你 生日 过 得 怎么样?
<Nǐ shēngrì guò de zěnme yàng?>
He rides fast.
他 开车 开 得 很 快。
<Tā kāi chē kāi de hěn kuài.>
She speaks Chinese slowly.
她 说 中文 说 得 很 慢。
<Tā shuō Zhōngwén shuō de hěn màn.>
Plane is flying low.
飞机 飞 得 很 低。
Fēijī fēi dé hěn dī.