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.


gāo nánhái
the tall boy
pàng nánhái
the fat boy
aĭ nánhái
the short boy
ruò de nánhái
the weak boy
cōngmíng de nánhái
the smart boy
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Nánhái hěn lǎn.
The boy is lazy.
Nánhái xiăo.
The boy is small.
Nánhái dà.
The boy is big.
Nánhái qiángzhuàng.
The boy is strong.
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Step 7 : Adjectives in Chinese

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, yĭzi and mén (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, yĭzi and mén you can move on to Step 8 (Chinese Verbs).

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