Top 25 most often used adjectives in Chinese with an assignment on the usage of adjectives and comparative sentence structures

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Tutor Mandarin Adjectives: It contains an excellent list of 25 Chinese adjectives with good photo illustrations and sentence examples.

One important rule for the usage of adjectives in Chinese is IN GENERAL, YOU DON‘T USE BE VERB when you use it with an adjective.

The reason why chinglish sounds like this:

Chinese who have little knowledge of English will apply their Chinese grammatical structures when they try to speak in a new tongue.

“You very beautiful. I no beautiful.” It is because that is how Chinese say “You are beautiful. I am not beautiful” in Chinese language.

你很漂亮,我不漂亮。

Nǐ hěn piàoliang, wǒ bù piàoliang.


It would be wrong to say:

你是漂亮,我不是漂亮。

Nǐ shì piàoliang, wǒ bùshì piàoliang. (wrong sentence structure!)

(In Chinese language, you do not use a “be” verb “是” before the adjective. However, it often goes with the word “很“ hěn(very) .

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Assignment using adjectives and simple comparative sentence structures:

Make 10 comparison sentences using 10 different adjectives, varying your sentences using one of the following comparative sentence patterns:

1. A 比 B Adj (A is more xx or –er than B)

The word: 比 Bǐ (litterally, it means “to compare”

For example: A 比B小。(Literally, it means, A compared with B small–English translation: A is smaller than B.)

2. A 和 B 一样 Adj (A hé B yīyàng Adj): A is the same as B)

For example: 

A 和 B 一样 高。 (A is as tall as B.)

A hé B yīyàng gāo.

3. A没有B(那么)Adj: A is not as Adj as B

For Example:

她没有她妈妈(那么)漂亮。

Tā méiyǒu tā māmā (nàme) piàoliang.

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