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Expressing "especially" with "gewai"

格外 (géwài) is an adverb that has the same meaning as "especially" or "particularly" in English. You might be wondering what the difference between 格外 (géwài) and 特别 (tèbié) is. Keep in mind that 特别 (tèbié) is either an adjective that emphasizes a "difference " or is an adverb that expresses "especially." However, 格外 (géwài) is an adverb that only emphasizes "especially" and cannot be used in the same way that 特别 (tèbié) is used as an adjective.

Structure

格外 + verb

Examples

  • 下过雨的早晨格外舒服. Xiàguò yǔ de zǎochén géwài shūfú.It's especially comfortable on a rainy morning.
  • 今天格外忙, 都来不及吃午饭. Jīntiān géwài mángToday is especially bus.
  • 昨天登山累了, 晚上睡得格外香甜. Zuótiān dēngshān lèile, wǎnshàng shuì dé géwài xiāngtiánI was tired from climbing yesterday, so sleep was especially sweet.


Sources and further reading

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