Adjectival complement "de hen"

The complement -得很 (dehěn) is used after adjectives to add intensity. Although less common in everyday speech, meaning-wise it is quite similar to adding 很 before the adjective. The main difference is that "adjective + 得很" is more informal, and adds stronger emphasis than just "很 + adjective."

Structure

Adj. + 得很

Examples

  • 得 很 ,你 不用 为 我 担心 。 hǎo de hěn, nǐ bùyòng wèi wǒ dānxīn.I'm doing great. You don't need to worry about me.
  • 你 觉得 不 好吃 ?我 觉得 好吃 得很Nǐ juéde bù hǎochī? Wǒ juéde hǎochī dé hěn.You don't think it tastes good? I think it's scrumptious.
  • 这 个 地方 漂亮 得 很,非常 推荐 你 去 。 Zhè gè dìfang piàoliang de hěn, fēicháng tuījiàn nǐ qù.This place is gorgeous. I strongly recommend you visit.
  • 我 现在 时间 得 很 ,你 去 哪儿 我 都 可以 陪 你 去 。 Wǒ xiànzài shíjiān duō de hěn, nǐ qù nǎr wǒ dōu kěyǐ péi nǐ qù.I have loads of free time right now. I can go with you wherever you want to go.
  • 不 用 担心,这次 考试 简单 得很Bùyòng dānxīn, zhè cì kǎoshì jiǎndān dé hěn.Don't worry. This test is super simple.
  • 离 我 远 点儿 !我 现在 得很Lí wǒ yuǎn diǎnr! Wǒ xiànzài fán dé hěn!Stay away from me! I'm very stressed right now!
  • 你 觉得 他 不 高兴 ?我 看 他 今天 心情 得很Nǐ juéde tā bù gāoxìng? Wǒ kàn tā jīntiān xīnqíng hǎo dé hěn!You think he's unhappy? From what I see, he's in a great mood today!
  • 我 最近 得很,每天 都 要 加班 。Wǒ zuìjìn máng dé hěn, měitiān dōu yào jiābān.I've been so busy lately. I need to work overtime every day.
  • 高峰期 路上 得很,我 建议 你 上班 坐 地铁。Gāofēng qī lùshàng dé hěn, wǒ jiànyì nǐ shàngbān zuò dìtiě.The traffic is really heavy at rush hour. I recommend you take the subway to work.
  • 他 这 个 人 自私 得 很,从来 不 为 别人 考虑。Tā zhège rén zìsī dé hěn, cónglái bù wèi biérén kǎolǜ.He's incredibly selfish. He never considers other people.

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