In this article, we take a look at how we use 得 (de) to help describe an action. It is one of the characters that often gets confused with 的 and 地, since they could be pronounced as a neutral tone "de".

Descriptive complements are used to describe the action of a verb. This would be done with an adverb in English.

Verb / Adjective + 得 + Description


Nǐ shuō dé hěn hǎo。
你 说 得 很 好。
You speak very well.

Tā zuò dé hěn bú hǎo。
他 做 得 很 不 好。
He did it poorly.

Tāde shī xiě dé háibúcuò。
她的 诗 写 得 还不错。
She writes good poems.

Zhèpiān wénzhānɡ fānyì dé mǎmǎhuhǔ。
这篇 文章 翻译 得 马马虎虎
This essay wasn't translated that well.