Chinese Grammar: Lesson: Adjectives don’t need verbs
Adjectives in Chinese require a little explanation; they work a little differently than in English. See, they don't need a verb in the sentence to work.
Linking adjectives and nouns
In Chinese, nouns don’t need a verb to be linked to adjectives. That's because, in Chinese adjectives, the verb is already assumed! When you say 小, you're not just saying "small". You're saying "to be small".
Instead of a verb, the word 很 is often used to link a noun and an adjective together. It usually means "very" but here it's mainly a way to link the noun and the adjective and doesn't add a meaning.
Noun + 很 + Adjective
Noun + 很 + adjective
Negating adjectives works the same way as negating verbs: the negation is always placed before the adjective.
Noun + 不 + Adjective
Noun + 不 negation + adjective
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