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Answer to the Exercise on Chinese Grammar-Sentences with an Adjectival Predicate

Jan. 22, 2014

Answer: B

In Chinese, sentences with an adjectival predicate use an adjective to modify the subject. The structure is: Subject + Adjective. Here, adjectives can be used as predicates just like verbs.

The one thing that must be kept in mind is that the to be verb -“是(shì) is” cannot be used to link the subject to the adjective, but we can use adverbs like “很(hěn) very,” “非常(fēicháng) very much,” “特别(tèbié) very” and so on instead.

Examples

Wǒ hěn gāoxìng.
我   很   高兴。

I’m very happy.

Tom de nǚ péngyou fēicháng piàoliang.
Tom 的 女  朋友        非常       漂亮。

Tom’s girlfriend is very beautiful.

In our test, the sentence contains an adjectival predicate, and therefore, the verb “是(shì) is” cannot be used to link the subject “我() I” to the adjective “忙(máng) busy.” So the correct answer is B.

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I like the simple explanation. It has helped. xie xie nin

You are welcome. bú kè qi. :)

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