I want to say:

This year's teaching material is better than last year's


Is the above correct or do I have to include 教材 again?


In English one doesn't have to repeat ''teaching material''. I am wondering if the same goes for Chinese.

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    Both are fine. It's a valid omission.
    – dan
    Aug 15, 2021 at 0:57
  • You don't need to repeat.
    – r13
    Aug 15, 2021 at 1:48
  • 1
    Further to other commentators' recommendations, I would omit the 2nd "的" which is not "wrong" per se but stylistically unnecessary. Fine Chinese writing favors structural brevity and abhors non-productive repetitions and verbosity. Aug 15, 2021 at 3:48

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The first sentence is just fine, because there're also ellipsis in Chinese. You can also skip the last in the first sentence, so you'd get 今年的教材比去年好。.

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