The usage of 的

December 28, 2009, 08:24 AM posted in General Discussion

Hey, hello everyone and merry christmas to all!!! I was studying chinese when Isaw these types of sentences:


I didn`t understand this usage, can anyone tell me when, how and why do I use the 的

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December 29, 2009, 08:03 AM

的 is used to describe noun. There are 3 patterns:

1  adj.+的+noun    聪明的人 cōngmíng de rén  
2  noun.+的+noun.  你的票    nǐ de piào
3  clause+的+noun. 

Your sentence:


Follows the third pattern and means: I work at a university of (in) Beijing.

Your other three sentences are more like statements and without proper context, they could be translated using more than one of the above patterns.

As for when, where and why to use 的 just keep studying, getting lots of input and practicing. Eventually, you'll start to get a feeling, in addition to any 'rule', about when, where and why to use it.