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What types of elements can be placed after the post-verbal complement marker DE (得)?
asked Apr 10 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (19,380 points)
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The main function of DE(得) is a complement marker which follows either a verb or an adjective. It is normally used to introduce the complement of manner, result and degree of an action. It usually occurs in a narrative sentence which is already happened.  For example,

他們談得很投機。(manner)

They had a congenial talk.

她哭得眼都紅了。(result)

Her eyes were red with crying.

這個孩子聰明得。(degree)

This child is extremely intelligent.

In some cases, the complement following DE (得) is a mixture of the above-mentioned types:

她忙得一蹋糊塗。(manner+result+degree)

She is so busy that her life is a mess.

answered Apr 10 by admin (19,380 points)
edited Apr 13 by admin
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