Advanced degree complements
There are many ways to express "degree" following a verb. A vast array of words can function as degree complements following verbs, indicating degree and quality. When it comes to degree complements for adjectives, however, options are much more limited.
You should already know complements -死了 and -极了. The following are some of the other more common degree complements which follow adjectives.
- Adj. + 得 + 很
- Adj. + 得 + 不得了
- Adj. + 得 + 要命
- Adj. + 得 + 不行
- 这个 孩子 自私 得很 。This child is super selfish.
- 我 老婆 的 工作 轻松 得很 。My wife's job is extremely easy and relaxed.
- 我 爸爸 固执 得 不得了 。My father is awfully stubborn.
- 赢 了 比赛 以后 ，他 骄傲 得 不得了 。He was terribly proud after he won the competition.
- 听说 儿子 又 跟 同学 打架 了 ，爸爸 气 得 不得了 。Having heard his son was fighting with his classmate again, the father was incensed.
- 我 儿子 淘气 得 要命 。My son is incredibly naughty.
- 今天 路上 堵 得 要命 ！The traffic is terrible!
- 地铁 挤 得 要命 ！The metro is so crowded!
- 我 的 牙 痛 得 不 行 ！My teeth hurt so badly!
- 外面 热 得 不 行 。It's awfully hot outside.
For more examples with 得很 and 得不得了, see their respective grammar points.