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Using "de" (modal particle)

The particle 的 (de) is most often a structural particle, but it can also be a sentence-final particle which indicates that the speaker is certain about what he is saying. When it serves this purpose, it's expressing a type of "mood," and thus is called a "modal particle."

Structure

Statement + 的

Frequently the statement will include 会 (huì) or 一定会 (yīdìng huì) to emphasize the speaker's certainty.

Examples

  • 他 会 好 Tā huì hǎo de.He will get better.
  • 你 可以 Nǐ kěyǐ de.You can do this.
  • 她 一定 会 来 Tā yīdìng huì lái de.She's definitely coming.
  • 我们 能 搞定 Wǒmen néng gǎodìng de.We can fix this.
  • 他 不 会 道歉 Tā bù huì dàoqiàn de.He's not going to apologize.
  • 这个 地方 我们 来 过 Zhège dìfang wǒmen lái guo de.We've been here before.
  • 我 跟 你 说 过 ,你 不 记得 了 ?Wǒ gēn nǐ shuō guo de, nǐ bù jìde le?I've told you this before. Do you not remember?
  • 我 不 会 骗 你 Wǒ bù huì piàn nǐ de.I won't lie to you.
  • 你们 会 成功 Nǐmen huì chénggōng de.You will succeed.
  • 你 的 建议 我们 会 考虑 Nǐ de jiànyì wǒmen huì kǎolǜ de.We will consider your suggestion.

See also

Sources and further reading

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