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Expressing "quite" with "ting"

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挺 (tǐng) can be used before an adjective to mean "quite," or "rather," or "pretty," as in "pretty good."

Used with Adjectives

Using 挺 with an adjective means "quite."

Structure

挺 + Adj. + 的

Examples

  • 这个 老师 年轻 Zhège lǎoshī tǐng niánqīng de.This teacher is quite young.
  • 你 男朋友 Nǐ nánpéngyou tǐng shuài de.Your boyfriend is quite handsome.
  • 最近 大家 都 Zuìjìn dàjiā dōu tǐng máng de.We've all been quite busy lately.
  • 这 件 衣服 大小 合适 Zhè jiàn yīfu dàxiǎo tǐng héshì de.This piece of clothing fits quite well.
  • 他 家 不是 有钱 吗 ?Tā jiā bù shì tǐng yǒuqián de ma?Isn't his family quite rich?

Used with Verbs

In English, we're limited on what words come after the word "quite." Though Chinese is open to take on verbs after 挺, these verbs are mostly psychological verbs.

Structure

挺 + [Verb Phrase] + 的

Examples

  • 喜欢 这 份 工作 tǐng xǐhuan zhè fèn gōngzuò de.I quite like this job.
  • 我 女儿 怕 他 爸爸 Wǒ nǚ'ér tǐng pà tā bàba de.My daughter is quite afraid of his father.
  • 那 件 事 我 后悔 Nà jiàn shì wǒ tǐng hòuhuǐ de.I regret that incident a lot.
  • 我们 都 想 你 Wǒmen dōu tǐng xiǎng nǐ de.We all miss you a lot.
  • 你 不是爱 他 吗 ?怎么 分手 了 ?Nǐ bù shì tǐng ài tā de ma? Zěnme fēnshǒu le?Don't you love him a lot? How come you broke up with him?

See also

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