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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

 

My computer ran out of battery.
我的 电脑 没有 电。
Wǒ de diànnǎo méiyǒu diàn.
How does your luggage look?
你 的 行李 是 什么 样子?
Nǐ de xíngli shì shénme yàngzi?
He is my friend.
他 是 我的 朋友。
<Tā shì wǒde péngyǒu.>

 

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

 

I had a very interesting dream.
我 做 了 很 有意思 的 梦。
Wǒ zuòle hěn yǒuyìsi de mèng.
The airport in Shanghai is extra big.
上海 的 机场 非常 大。
Shànghǎi de jīchǎng fēicháng dà.
China is a big country.
中国 是 很 大 的 国家。
<Zhōngguó shì hěn dà de guójiā.>
I wanna show you one interesting thing.
我 想 给 你 看 一个 很 有意思 的 东西。
Wǒ xiǎng gěi nǐ kàn yīge hěn yǒuyìsi de dōngxi.

 

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 things that he said yesterday make sense.
他 昨天 说 的 东西 有 道理。
Tā zuótiān shuō de dōngxi yǒu dàolǐ.
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.
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.