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Making Sense of Grammar
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After a personal pronoun (你, 我, 他/她, etc.), 的 is frequently omitted, especially in casual speech, when what follows is a family member. This rule can also apply to nouns such as

家 ( jiā ) and 男朋友 (nán péng yǒu )/女朋友 (nǚ péng yǒu).

我家有三个卧室;我爸妈的卧室最大,我弟弟的最小。

wǒ jiā yǒu sān gè wò shì ;wǒ bà mā de wò shì zuì dà ,wǒ dì dì de zuì xiǎo 。

My house has three bedrooms; my parents’ room is the biggest; my younger brother’s is the smallest.

我女朋友的哥哥是我妹妹的男朋友。

wǒ nǚ péng yǒu de gē gē shì wǒ mèi mèi de nán péng yǒu 。

My girlfriend’s older brother is my younger sister’s boyfriend.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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