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Mini-Test Answer: Good/not bad

Nov. 21, 2011

Beginning Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer for this test is B.

Translation:

         Chángchang wǒ zuò de Xīhóngshì chǎo jīdàn zěnmeyàng?
Mary: 尝尝              我  做   得 西红柿        炒    鸡蛋    怎么样?
          How about the scrambled eggs with tomatoes I made?

          Búcuò a, hěn hǎo chī!
  Ella: 不错 啊,很   好    吃!
          Not bad, it’s very tasty.

Analysis:

Basically, the phrase “不错 (búcuò)” has two meanings.

When “不错 (búcuò)” means “right/correct,” we can substitute the Chinese word “对 (duì)” which also means “correct.” For example:

Nǐ shuō de búcuò.
你 说    得 不错。
What you said is correct.

We can also say:
Nǐ shuō de duì.
你 说    得   对。
What you said is correct.

When “不错 (búcuò)” is used to praise someone or something, it means “good/not bad,” in this situation; we can’t use “对 (duì)” in place of “不错 (búcuò).” For example:

Lucy shì yí ge búcuò de nǚhái.
Lucy 是 一 个 不错    的 女孩。
Lucy is a very good girl.

In this test, Ella said the scrambled eggs with tomatoes made by Mary were tasty.  Therefore, “不错 (búcuò)” in this test means “good/not bad.”

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