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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

Please say it in a slightly simpler way.
请 说 得 简单 一点。
Qǐng shuō de jiǎndān yīdiǎn.
How did you spend New Year's Eve?
你 新年 过 得 怎么样?
<Nǐ xīnnián guò de zěnme yàng?>
You are coming too early.
你 来 得 太 早。
<Nǐ lái de tài zǎo.>
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 like to eat simply.
我 喜欢 吃 得 很 简单。
Wǒ xǐhuan chī de hěn jiǎndān.
Sorry that I'm (coming) late.
对不起,我 来 得 晚。
<Duìbùqǐ, wǒ lái de wǎn.>

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 has grown very slim.”
他 长 得 很 瘦。
Tā zhǎng de hěn shòu.
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!
How does he speak Chinese?
他 说 中文 说 得 怎么样?
<Tā shuō Zhōngwén shuō de zěnmeyàng?>
She speaks Chinese slowly.
她 说 中文 说 得 很 慢。
<Tā shuō Zhōngwén shuō de hěn màn.>
Cars drive fast here.
这里 汽车 走 得 很 快。
<Zhèli qìchē zǒu de hěn kuài.>
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