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"Is southern food sweeter than northern food?"


April 6, 2018



In this example the word for food and a dish 菜 are the same; in a preceding example I got marked for translating 菜 as food!


南方 / 北方 are names, i.e. the South / the North. This is due to the caracter 方 (area, region). So I would have expected the particle 的 to say the food from the South / the North : 南方的菜比北方的菜甜吗?Why is the 的 needed if you say 南方的农业 or 北方的生活。Thanks


Actually, you can omit 的 for 南方的农业 or 北方的生活, but it would not "sound" as rhythmic. We Chinese like to pair a 2-character adjective with a 2-character word because it sounds nice. In this case, a 的 can separate the two pairs of characters and make it sound nice.

For your information, 南方 alone can be a noun, but it can also be an adjective, e.g. 南方人 = the people living in the South


Thank you so much for this. It is very usefull.


Yes! I wrote “南方的菜比北方的菜还要甜吗” but duolingo wouldn't accept it, even though it's technically considered correct in terms of preserving the meaning.


this second last character should be sweeter, but it says saltier.


Guess I am wrong!

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