A 不如 B+object+verb+得+adjective example:


A 不如 B+Verb-object+verb+得+adjective example:


Are these two patterns correct?

Some say it's correct, some says it's wrong, I'm so confused.

Can you please tell me the different patterns of using 不如 to make comparisons?

  • according to e。g。"实用现代汉语语法" comparison A 不如 B, e。g。玛丽不如保罗 is a complete sentence with predicate 不如 meaning A 没有 B 好, can be followed by a phrase indicating in what respect A 没有 B 好,e。g。说法语说得流利 which also is a complete sentence (without subject),if the object 法语 is put before the verb 说 as is generally permissible the result is 法语说得流利
    – user6065
    Jun 1, 2015 at 13:30
  • maybe worth pointing out (1)说法语说得流利 and (2)法语说得流利 differ by more than position of 法语,in this respect note e。g。"外国人实用汉语语法",程度补语,宾语的位置(1)要是动词谓语后面同时带宾语和程度补语,一定要重复动词,程度补语要放在重复的动词后边,助词"得"则要放在重复的动词和程度语之间,例如:回答问题回答得完整,打行李打得很结实,种树种得不多。It seems that by moving object 法语 in front of verb 说,length can be reduced by 1 character。
    – user6065
    Jun 2, 2015 at 4:32

3 Answers 3

  1. Both are correct.

  2. Your question has nothing to do with 不如. The point is 法语说得流利 vs 说法语说得流利. The former's emphasis is 法语, while the latter's one is 说法语. Here's a nuance of the sentence's sense.


The question here isn't too much about the 不如 pattern, but about 得.

When using 得 in the structure S + (V) + O + V + 得 + complement, you can drop the first verb. So both structures you used are right, whether using 不如 or not.


usually people say the first one. But I don't think the second is wrong. I'm native speaker so I have no idea about the grammar. I can give examples. 我不如你有钱(I don't have as much money as you do)。我不如你。(you're better than me)。

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