speak chinese like a native

Dropping the 的

Posted by bodawei September 19, 2010 in the Group General Discussion .

I ask my students for their names and I always say that I want 汉字,拼音还有声调 (to save me time looking up tones) 。。Today I noticed that several of them talking amongst themselves were saying '他要中国名字'.  Why not 中国的名字?  

Is this one of those situations where 的 is not required?

Is this a young person thing to drop the  的? 

Are my students unusually lazy?    

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