It should mean "here in tangible ether" but I don't understand the function of 的.
Can't I say the exact same thing writing it like that: 在有形以太 ?
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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.
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