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The different meanings/significance of de的?

Posted by EmmaLouise1 November 28, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

In my very few months learning Chinese, I've seen 的 used in numerous situations. In my grammar book it lists the following uses of 的:

  • Possessive pronouns
  • The "是shi... 的de..." structure
  • As a relative pronoun
  • Highlighting the noun
  • To separate adjectives of more than one character
  • Expressing location
  • The "自己ziji + 的de" structure (my own, your own)

As a Newbie, how many of these should I be familiar with? I've been studying for 5 months, if that's any guidance. I'm only familiar with the possessive pronoun use at the moment. Perhaps 的 could be a future Qing Wen topic? I've noticed there's been a Qing Wen on The 是...的 (Shì...de) Pattern but I can't find any others for now...

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