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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

He works well.
他 工作 得 很 好。
<Tā gōngzuò de hěn hǎo.>
I hear clearly.
我 听 得 很 清楚。
<Wǒ tīng de hěn qīngchu.>
You are right.
你 说 得 很 对。
<Nǐ shuō de hěn duì.>
Please say it in a slightly simpler way.
请 说 得 简单 一点。
Qǐng shuō de jiǎndān yīdiǎn.
She works fast.
她 工作 得 很 快。
<Tā gōngzuò de hěn kuài.>
I like to eat simply.
我 喜欢 吃 得 很 简单。
Wǒ xǐhuan chī de hěn jiǎndān.

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.>
“He has grown very slim.”
他 长 得 很 瘦。
Tā zhǎng de hěn shòu.
He speaks Chinese fluently.
他 说 汉语 说 得 很 流利。
Tā shuō hànyǔ shuō de hěn líulì.
She cooks well.
她 做 饭 做 得 很 好吃。
<Tā zuò fàn zuò de hěn hǎochī.>
Plane is flying low.
飞机 飞 得 很 低。
Fēijī fēi dé hěn dī.
He rides fast.
他 开车 开 得 很 快。
<Tā kāi chē kāi de hěn kuài.>
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