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Can someone explain this sentece?

Posted by simonpettersson October 31, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

Tags: grammar, , as, like, comparisons

tāde liǎn hóng de xiàng píngguǒ yīyàng
Her face is red like an apple.

It's in the expansion for the candy lesson at intermediate level. What I'm not getting is the "得". What's that "得" doing there, grammatically speaking? Is this a pattern? Can I say "她的脸小苹果一样" for "Her face is small like an apple"? Or "我可爱得像小狗一样" for "I'm cute as a puppy"?

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