Can someone explain me the comparison structure 像 … 似的?

Why in this sentence there is 得 after 红?


Couldn't I have said this instead?


Is there a pattern/scheme that I can follow, so that it is clearer to me? Thank you.

  • 像 can be used as follows 像NP一样+adjective e。g。像苹果(玫瑰、鲜血)一样红 for more examples see iciba
    – user6065
    Jun 1, 2015 at 9:31
  • 他的脸(非常、很)红,像(是)苹果似的 seems possible, cf。鸡蛋煮得太老了,像胶皮似的,吹来阵阵暖风,使人感到就像是春天似的, 似: <动> be similar ; look like ; seem ; appear <副>(似乎) it seems ; as if,example with 像VP似 used as 状语:他在赛跑中简直像飞 似 地绕着跑道跑, all examples from iciba
    – user6065
    Jun 1, 2015 at 15:55
  • (looks, feels, sounds, smalls...) as same as... 像...似的
    – Tom
    Jun 8, 2015 at 10:05

4 Answers 4


"得" is often used after adjectives in Chinese language. Because "红" is adjective, so there is "得" after "红". For example, "她们两个人好得像一个人似的".


得 is a particle, it links a verb to a following adverb. So you have


He-blush-得-apple-seems like 的

He blushed red as an apple.

We will leave aside the fact that some apples are green!


得 is a particle that introduces the complement of state. It is used after verbs or adjectives, and roughly means "in a way that".

他脸红得像苹果似的。His face became red 'in a way' that it looked like an apple.

You can't take the 得 off the sentence.


In this context, 得(it is read softly as "de")is a structural auxiliary word. It is used behind adjective for indicate the relationship between "he's face' "and "the apple". For another example like this condition: 她的笑容美得像花。( Her smile is sweaty, flower is also beautiful, and if you want to get them together,to build a relationship, you need use 得 connect them.) Wish to help you:)

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