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In the following sentence on this article:

加拿大是一个很美的国家,领土面积特别大,但是人口才4000万,过得比较舒服,所以现在也有越来越多的人选择留学这裡。

What does 过得 mean here? And how does it work grammatically in this context?

  • It would be easier to understand if the writer did not omit the topic "生活" and wrote "生活过得比较舒服" – Tang Ho Nov 23 '17 at 21:50
  • BTW is 这裡 here a typo? Or different from 这里? – Blaszard Nov 23 '17 at 21:51
  • 裡 is the traditional character of simplified 里 – Tang Ho Nov 23 '17 at 21:53
  • @TangHo I see. Not sure then why the author suddenly used the traditional character... – Blaszard Nov 23 '17 at 21:56
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"过得舒服" is "生活 过得舒服" omitted the topic "生活"(life) or "过生活"(living life)

得 in 过得舒服 is a 'degree/result verb particle' that indicate the degree or result of the verb 过

"过生活 过(得) 舒服" = live life (to the point of) being comfortable

"过生活" can be omitted if it is clearly implied in the context

or you can just remove the first 过 and use 生活 as the topic directly and write "生活 过(得) 舒服"

More example:

"看电影 看(得) 高興" = watch movies (to the degree of) being happy

"看电影" can be omitted if it is clearly implied in the context

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  • Thanks. How can I know 过 is a shortened form of 过生活? Chinese language has so many of such shortened forms but it is practically impossible to come up with what is a shortened form of what... – Blaszard Nov 23 '17 at 21:21
  • And 过 means "spend" in this context and works as a verb - am I correct? – Blaszard Nov 23 '17 at 21:21
  • See my edition. "过得舒服" is "生活 过得舒服" omitted the object "生活" or "过生活 过得舒服" omitted the topic "过生活" – Tang Ho Nov 23 '17 at 21:31
  • Yeah I understand. But I can't decide how 生活 comes suddenly. It likely relies on the context, but it is very difficult to complement it for non-natives. – Blaszard Nov 23 '17 at 21:34
  • 1.Yes, 过 is a verb that can mean "spend" , 2. If I just say "看得高興" you would not know what object or topic I am referring to. The topic "看电影" must be indicated somewhere in the context – Tang Ho Nov 23 '17 at 21:39

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