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Emphasizing with "henshi"

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很是 is a degree adverb that adds emphasis to a sentence. It is more often used for literature than in spoken language.

Used with Adjectives

Structure

很是 usually modifies two-syllable or multi-syllable adjectives, but can also modify a small number of psychological verbs.

Subj. + 很是 + Adj.

Examples

  • 这样做 很是 必要 。 Doing it this way is very necessary.
  • 你 的 工作 表现 让 领导 很是 满意 。Your performance at work has made the leader very satisfied.
  • 你 穿 西装 看起来 很是 精神 。When you wear a suit, you look very smart.
  • 这 件 事 让 我 很是 不 舒服 。 This matter made me very uncomfortable.

Used with Psychological Verbs

Structure

Subj. + 很是 + Adj.

Examples

  • 我 老板 很是 喜欢 你 的 设计 风格 。My boss really likes your design style.
  • 他 都 退休 了 ,还在 创业 ,让人 很是 佩服 。He's already retired, but he's still starting a business. This makes me really admire him.
  • 你们 的 表演 太 夸张 了 ,让 人 很是 受不了 。Your performance was too exaggerated, I really couldn't stand it.

Used with Auxiliary Verbs

Structure

Subj. + 很是 + 会 / 能 + Verb

Note that this usage is limited.

Examples

  • 我 爸爸 当 过 大厨 ,他 很是 吃 。My dad was once a chef, he can really eat.
  • 我 妹妹 虽然 小 ,但 很是 说话 。Although my sister is small, she can really talk a lot.
  • 这个 男人 很是 骗女人 。This man is very good at lying to women .
  • 大 老板 很是This boss can really drink.

See also

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