How do you append degree complement to a 离合词 such as 提高?

I naively came up with 他提高得很快, but then I remembered for 离合词 words such as 打折, I had to construct somewhat differently such as 他们打了很多折,我忍不住就买。 (credits to Dan who made this clear for me)

I am guessing the same would apply for 提高?


  • 高 can be considered result complement of verb 提,
    – user6065
    Jul 27, 2018 at 2:23
  • So if I were to use result complement, I would say 提得很高? Jul 27, 2018 at 2:25
  • proposed phrase appears correct, cf. bkrs 把自己的要求提得很高, although得很高 now seems to function as degree complement to verb 提
    – user6065
    Jul 27, 2018 at 2:30
  • maybe 高 in 提高 should not be considered a complement of result, (there do not seem to exist corresponding potential complements *提得高、*提不高)提高 may simply be compound of type 动+形,like 说明,降低、
    – user6065
    Jul 27, 2018 at 3:33

2 Answers 2


提高 literally means "lift/raise sth. up". Its extended meaning is improve or make a progress.


In this sentence, you have used the extended meaning(improve) of 提高. The whole sentence can be translated to: He improved rapidly/very fast.

In my opinion, if you use its extended meaning, then it's not a 离合词 because you can't separate it. Well, it can be considered as a 离合词 when it denotes its literal meaning(lift up), because it is separable . For example, you can say 提得高.

PS. As the comment pointed out, 提得很高 is more common than 提得高 in practice.

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    allowing for 得, 提得高 does not seem very common, much more common 提得很高 (cf. comment #3)、太高、 过高
    – user6065
    Jul 27, 2018 at 2:59
  • @user6065, your point is taken. I just want to say that it's separable when it means its literal meaning.
    – dan
    Jul 27, 2018 at 3:02
  • @dan How do you advise learning 离合词 words and what they look like when complements are appended? I now get how 提高 works with extended meaning, but some words such as 打折 are separable whereas some are not. This is quite confusing. Jul 27, 2018 at 4:35
  • @金允雄Oliver you might have to grab a grammar book to understand the whole picture of it. Or, you can have a search online, for example a baidu search.
    – dan
    Jul 27, 2018 at 4:38
  • @金允雄Oliver this is the one from baidu: baike.baidu.com/item/%E7%A6%BB%E5%90%88%E8%AF%8D/…
    – dan
    Jul 27, 2018 at 4:40

For your question, I would say, 提高 is not a 离合词,you would not usually say


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