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Making Sense of Grammar
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Adjectives can be divided into two kinds, scalar and absolute. A scalar adjective denotes a property that can be calibrated in degrees and can be modified by an adverb (Example 1); an absolute adjective denotes a property that cannot be calibrated and normally cannot be modify the degree adverbs (Example 2 & 3).

1) 这个答案很好。

    DEM-CL answer very good

    “This answer is very good.”

2) *这个答案很错了。

    DEM-CL answer very wrong CRS

3) 这个答案错了。

    DEM-CL answer wrong CRS

    “This answer is wrong.”

Reference

Sun, Chaofen. 2006. Chinese: A linguistic introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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