Psychological verb

Also known as: 心理动词 (xīnlǐ dòngcí) and psych verb.

A psychological verb is a verb that conveys the speaker's mental state or attitude.

Common Examples

Some common psychological verbs include:

  • 想 (xiǎng) to think; to want; to miss
  • 喜欢 (xǐhuan) to like
  • 小心 (xiǎoxīn) to be careful
  • 怕 (pà) to fear; to be afraid of
  • 了解 (liǎojiě) to know a lot about
  • 讨厌 (tǎoyàn) to hate
  • 担心 (dānxīn) to worry about
  • 希望 (xīwàng) to hope

Relevant Grammar Points

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Special verbs with "hen" 很 + Verb 喜欢 他。
Expressing "excessively" with "tai" 太 + Adj. + 了  !
Comparing "bu" and "mei" 不 vs 没 我 今天 晚上 吃饭。昨天 晚上 我 吃饭。
Superlative "zui" 最 + Adj. (+ 了) 有钱 ?
Using "dui" with verbs Subj. + 对 + Person + Verb 宝宝 我 笑 了。
Expressing "rather" with "bijiao" Subj. + 比较 + Adj. 这个 问题 比较 简单 。
Expressing "quite" with "ting" 挺 + Adj. + 的 你 男朋友