Adjectival complement "de hen"

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The complement 得很 (dehěn) is used after adjectives to add intensity. It is similar to adding 很 before the adjective,the main difference being that adjective + 得很 is more informal, and adds more emphasis than just 很 + adjective.


Adjective + 得 很


  • 他 懒 得 很,听说 他 每天 11点 钟 才 起床。He is really lazy. I've heard that he doesn't get up until 11 o'clock every day.
  • 不 用 害怕,这次 考试 简单 得 很Don't be scared. This test is very simple!
  • 这 道 菜 香 得 很,你 到底 放 了 什么 调料?This food is very fragrant. What on earth did you add to it?

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