Expressing "quite" with "ting"
挺 (tǐng) can be used before an adjective to mean "quite," "rather," or "pretty," as in "pretty good." This pattern is quite common in spoken Chinese.
Used with Adjectives
Using 挺 with an adjective means "quite."
挺 + Adj. + 的
- 这个 老师 挺 年轻 的 。This teacher is quite young.
- 你 男朋友 挺 帅 的 。Your boyfriend is pretty handsome.
- 最近 大家 都 挺 忙 的 。We've all been quite busy lately.
- 这 件 衣服 大小 挺 合适 的 。The size of this piece of clothing is quite suitable.
- 他 家 不是 挺 有钱 的 吗 ？Isn't his family rather rich?
Used with Verbs
In English, we're limited on what words come after the word "quite." Though Chinese is open to taking on verbs after 挺, these verbs are mostly psychological verbs.
挺 + [Verb Phrase] + 的
- 我们 都 挺 想 你 的 。We all quite miss you.
- 我 挺 喜欢 这 份 工作 的 。I quite like this job.
- 我 女儿 挺 怕 她 爸爸 的 。My daughter is quite afraid of her father.
- 那 件 事 我 挺 后悔 的 。I rather regret that incident.
- 你 不 是 挺 爱 他 的 吗 ？怎么 分手 了 ？Weren't you quite in love with him? How come you broke up?
- Expressing "excessively" with "tai"
- Expressing "rather" with "bijiao"
- Positive adjectives with "-ji le"
- Expressing "a little too" with "you dian"