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Is double 的 possible?

Posted by kdogg36 April 17, 2010 in the Group I Have a Question.

It seems as if you can make an adjective act like a noun by adding 的, e.g. 高的是我的朋友 gāo de shì wǒ de péngyǒu "The tall one is my friend."  But what if you want to insert the nominalized adjective into a structure that already includes a 的?  For instance, how about the following:

高的的旁边 gāo de de pángbiān "next to the tall one" (?)

高的的男朋友 gāo de de nánpéngyǒu "the tall one's boyfriend" (?)

I strongly suspect this is not allowed; if so, is there a way to make them work (other than introducing a 人 into the proceedings)?


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