"My daughter is very cute."


November 21, 2017

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I put in this sentence, but it said that the correct answer is "我的女儿好可爱。"


You are given 非常 (fēi cháng) which is used in place of very. It means very, exceptional, extreme etc.


Is there any difference between 很 and 非常? I thought both has the same meaning : very, but why it was incorrect when I put 很? Is there any reason behind it? Thank you.


非常 is stronger than 很, perhaps that's why. No worries.


Same here - and the fifth character is not one of the available options.


That happened to me too. How do you get past it????


give a wrong answer, when the right answer appears copy it (ctrl+c) and then, when the question is asked again, paste it (ctrl+v) ;-)


I found out that you have to use the synonym of 好 to get past it.


Shouldn't this be "... Extremely cute"? I thought that is what 非常 meant

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    Duolingo seems to use both 很 and 非常 for very..


    In my experience 非常 is actually a rather commonly used word, too common to mean "extremely".


    我的 女儿 很非常可爱 was marked wrong, but I don't understand why. The word 很 appear是to be unnecssary, but is it incorrect??


    It seems 很 is replaced by 非常


    Yes. ”很非常" sounds very strange to me. I think it's flat out wrong, but I don't know for sure. Also, it seems that you typed spaces between characters. There are no spaces in Chinese. If you put spaces, that in itself will get it marked wrong.


    Is the lexical material in duolingo somehow representative of Chinese mainstream culture? I mean was the material intentionally picked in order to provide an insight into the Chinese culture, or is it simply that the social mindset of people working in the Chinese section leaked into the product?


    I keep getting 怒 when I want to get "nü". My keyboard doesn't seem to have It!


    You should type "nv", instead of "nu". Does it work now?


    thank you, this helped a lot


    But should be 可爱的 ?


    It sounds a bit more assertive with 的 at the end but you can use it or not, it's optional.


    Well, there is actually a lot of thing hidden underneath. I'll try to explain it in a more grammatical way.

    In Chinese (and many other east Asian languages like Japanese and Korean), you can use a "adjective-like thing" as a predicate. You may have already learned earlier that 我很可爱 is valid Chinese although you don't see the verb "be" (很 is not be!).

    Here I say "adjective-like thing" because 可爱 itself is not yet an adjective. It's hard to describe it using conceptions from English grammar.

    的 is the attribute marker. 可爱的 is a true adjective. 地 is the adverbial marker. 可爱地 is a true adverb.

    And in this case, the adjective 可爱的 cannot used as predicate anymore. It requires a verb:


    Now it's grammatically correct, although a bit weird.

    And in real life, you can omit the verb "be" to express intimacy (try to imagine it in English):



    Why add 的? I don't understand why Chinese use it so much, but they do


    it's a stressing/emphasizing indicator, translating roughly to "really and truly." sort of like how american kids use the word "literally" everywhere, to add emphasis.


    Why don't we have 很 here?


    Because we have 非常, which is stronger than 很.


    Because they are trying to teach us something new, namely, 非常, like xnaut said, 非常 is stronger than 很. There is more to this of course, but, this is good enough explanation for now. There are websites, youtube, etc that can give you more info, such as: https://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-english-pinyin-dictionary.php?define=%E9%9D%9E%E5%B8%B8. We have different ways of saying the same thing in English and we use different words depending on what we want to convey and emphasize, well, so does Chinese.


    My phone doesn't have the chinese character for "nu" so I was unable to type ''girlfriend'' and ''daughter'' correctly..Im using the t26 pinyin function, any help would be great


    女 (nü) is typically written on pinyin keyboard by hitting n and v.

    Hint: If you read the thread you will see @fracle had already answered this. It helps to check previous messages...


    The construction "我女儿非常的可爱“ sounds normal to me. What say you, hive mind?

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