I want to ask, “他演讲得很精彩”, is this sentence correct or not? Is “演讲” a verb or a noun?

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他演讲得很精彩 sounds unnatural because we mainly use 演讲 as a noun for 'speech'. It is also possible to use it as a verb for 'to make a speech' in some context, e.g. 明天要上台演讲 (have to go on stage to make a speech tomorrow)

  • Use 演讲 as a noun and say "他的演讲很精彩" is the most natural way to phrase it.

  • If you must use 演讲 as a verb, it is more natural to say 他演讲讲得很精彩 or simply "(這次演讲 - implied topic)他讲得很精彩"

  • In most cases, the verb 演讲 can be reduced to just 讲


明天要上台演讲黑暗物質的理論 --> 明天要上台讲黑暗物質的理論 (when you speak on a stage, it is giving a lecture/ speech)


Yes, it is correct. 演讲 can function as either a verb or a noun.


He speaks brilliantly.

演讲(verb) to speak in public/ orate/ give a speech

精彩 (adverb) brilliantly, wonderfully


His speech is brilliant.

演讲(noun) speech/ oration

精彩 (adjective) brilliant, wonderful

  1. In terms of grammar, it is correct. 演講 can be either a verb ('to lecture') or a noun ('lecture'); here it is a verb. It means 'He lectures wonderfully'.

  2. Personally I would phrase it like 他的演講很精彩 ('His lecture was wonderful'). Although nominalisation is a feature of westernised Chinese (歐化中文), it is okay when used sparingly and properly. That is to say this is a matter of style, not of grammar.


Based on the corresponding English grammar, this sentence is correct.

"演讲" is a verb. We judge it by the word "得", which is usually just after the verb.

However, I would like to say "他讲得很精彩" and "他的演讲很精彩" instead of "他演讲得很精彩".

演讲 means that lots of people seriously listen professional talk about something in a hall.

We view this a bit formal scenario as a noun in Chinese.

  1. If our emphasis is 精彩, a formal word to illustrate this talk is redundant, 讲 is completely okay.

  2. If our point is indeed the presentation itself, as I said, 演讲 should act as a noun.


演 and 讲 both are verbs if used separately, but together, 演讲 (an event), is a noun. The example sentence essentially has no verb, thus, while understandable, it is not Grammarly correct, nor sounded good.

The correct way should be 他的演讲說得很精彩, in which 說 is the verb. Or 他讲得很精彩, here, 讲 is the verb.

  • 演讲 in 明天要上台演讲 is a verb; 演讲 in 明天要上台發表演讲 is a noun
    – Tang Ho
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 22:03
  • @Tang Ho IMO, in the example, 演 (perform) is the verb, 讲 (speech) is the noun. The English equivalent is "..... to perform a speech tomorrow".
    – r13
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 22:42
  • 'to perform a speech' is a verb phrase, just like 攻城 (to siege a castle/city) is a verb phrase despite 城 being a noun. '明天要上台演讲' means 'have to go on stage to perform a speech' in which 演讲 (perform a speech) is a verb
    – Tang Ho
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 22:57
  • 演奏, 演唱, 演讲 are the same kind of verbs (表演奏樂; 表演唱歌; 表演讲說)
    – Tang Ho
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 23:03
  • @Tang Ho 奏, 唱, 讲, all are verbs of individual acts without 演. 奏楽, 唱歌, 讲課.
    – r13
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 23:10

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