How to use adjectives in Chinese

How to use adjectives in Chinese

You want to learn how to use adjectives in Chinese? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Chinese lessons complete with useful examples. Big, small, happy, sad... we'll teach you all you need to know about Chinese adjectives.

Chinese adjectives

Adjectives are generally used to describe nouns. Adjectives come before the noun in Chinese just like in English.


báisè de mă
the white horse
hèsè de mă
the brown horse
xiăo mă
the small horse
hēisè de mă
the black horse
kuài mă
the fast horse
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Adjectives are used to describe nouns. To get started, we suggest you learn the three Chinese adjectives , xiăo and lăo (big, small, old). Using the nouns shū, and (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each adjective with each noun (the big book, the old chair, the small door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Chinese adjectives including useful examples. After you've learned to use the adjectives , xiăo and lăo with the nouns shū, and you can move on to Step 8 (Chinese Verbs).

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