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Why is the degree marker HEN (很) obligatory in "他很高"?

asked Dec 7, 2017 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (25,240 points)
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Hěn (很) is the default evaluative marker in signalling evaluation. It is obligatory when using in evaluative predication. So, ‘他很高’ is grammatical and ‘*他高’ is ungrammatical.

answered Jan 2, 2018 by admin (25,240 points)

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