The book I'm reading says there is a slight difference of meaning between these two sentences. I can't really grasp the difference. Do you agree with my book?

  1. 你没有他的勤奋。
  2. 你没有他勤奋。
  • Are you able to cite the book and quote their explanation? It would improve the question.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Jul 29, 2022 at 23:44
  • Didn't quote the book, because I didn't want to put words in peoples' mouths. I wanted to see what their gut reaction was.
    – Pedroski
    Jul 30, 2022 at 7:22

2 Answers 2


你没有他的勤奋。// you don't have his trait of being diligent.

你没有他勤奋。// You are not so diligent as he is.

  • What about: 他的爸爸, 他爸爸? Do you see a difference?
    – Pedroski
    Jul 30, 2022 at 7:20
  • @Pedroski You should put words in a context. Sometimes, the sentence structure would change if we omit 的. The sentence you questioned on is the very example.
    – dan
    Jul 30, 2022 at 9:21
  • Most adjectives in chinese can be used as nouns. The differences are the context that being emphasized. To me, using adjectives as nouns highlights the adjective.
    – Meng Cao
    Aug 4, 2022 at 19:45

If you look at these two sentences separately out of context, the former refers to the qualities of A without B's diligent spirit and attitude. The latter refers to A's diligence being lower than B's (the underlying implication is that the former is more like A is not diligent and B is diligent, and the latter is more like A than B is not diligent enough). )

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