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在有形的以太

It should mean "here in tangible ether" but I don't understand the function of .

Can't I say the exact same thing writing it like that: 在有形以太 ?

  • Might be helpful if you could provide the full sentence, if not the paragraph, on where this phase exists. – Alex May 14 at 20:35
  • It's a sort of poem I red in a book: 还活着 / 在有形的以太 / 独自但真实 – UsernameNotValid999 May 14 at 21:38
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Between an adjective and a noun, you can add a 的 if you like.

美麗的姑娘 beautiful girl
好玩的游戲 entertaining game
複雜的語法 complicated grammar

Adding the 的 is the norm if the adjective has two characters. But it's possible to leave it out:

黑暗森林 dark forest
意外事故 unexpected accident
美好時光 happy time

Why did the poet use 的 here? Some possibilities:
- 以太 is an unusual word, putting a 的 before it makes the sentence easier to understand.
- The poet may have liked the flow of the sentence better with 的.
- Using 的 here is more normal than not using it.

  • What if he didn't use it? The sentence would have been wrong or something else? – UsernameNotValid999 May 15 at 16:39
  • @UsernameNotValid999 The sentence would still be OK without it, but might be a bit harder to understand, because the word boundary is not as obvious. – KWeiss May 15 at 17:38
  • Got it, thank you so much for your answer – UsernameNotValid999 May 15 at 17:47
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see any grammar on when to use or not to use (and when optional) structural particle (结构助词)的, bkrs:有形 有形状的、感官能感觉到的,examples,iciba:有形财产、有形动产、有形固定财产、有形货物、有形贸易、有形商品、有形损耗、有形损耗、有形的翅膀,Linguee:有形的数据、有形的 公 共 产品 public goods、 有形的 破 坏 、有形的进展、有形的联 系、有 形 的基础,may conclude 的 not used mostly in commercial or financial standing expressions, but used in others like 以太

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