"I want to eat healthy things."


January 7, 2018



What is the point of 的 here?

February 4, 2018


Yes, why is the possessive particle needed? I tried without and it was rejected by duo. Could someone please explain?

August 22, 2018


to connect the term "healthy" with "things" to mean "things that are healthy". it can be understood without it but since it is a grammar rule in Chinese (I guess) it does not mean you can make an exseption (?) that is my guess

September 5, 2018


See if my thread has an answer for you: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25480888

September 8, 2018


Thanks for a great link. But what I got from that was that with 2-SYLLABLE AA + 2-SYLLABLE N the 的 is largely optional. I left it out and was marked wrong. What do you think?

October 29, 2018


The link has somewhat a simple classification but when it says "optional" it actually mean "both ways exist".
In this particular sentence I think we better use 的, as there is no close association between Health and Thing in meaning.
If we change the noun to "food" 食品 then we can see better the difference. 健康的食品 would be close to "healthy food", whilst 健康食品 would sound like "health food".

October 30, 2018


Why is '要' not acceptable, instead of '想'?

May 12, 2018


And even more – 想要 should be acceptable too IIRC

May 21, 2018


Would “我想吃健康的“ be an acceptable answer here?

January 7, 2018


It would be acceptable if food or a particular type of food is mentioned in the preceding context, or the situation is so specific that the listener must understand which thing you are referring to.
e.g. in front of an ice cream stand which only ice cream is sold.

January 8, 2018
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