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Why 的 in reduplication of adjetives “Noun + Adj + Adj + 的”?

  1. From my (basic) understanding of Chinese, I know nouns are usually connected by 是:

    Noun 1 + 是 + Noun 2.

  2. Moreover, I understand the 的 from the structure:

    Adj + 的

    as attaching the Adj to an omitted Noun. This omitted Noun can either be a general noun such as "ones" (红的 - the red ones) or an obvious Noun implied from the context.

  3. I have come across the following structure for reduplication of adjectives:

    Noun + Adj + Adj + 的.

    For example:

    你的脸红红的。

    Nǐ de liǎn hóng hóng de.

    Your face is red.

Question: Why is there a 的 in reduplication of adjectives following structure 3?

I have the following problems:

  • From 2, Adj + Adj + 的 should attach to an omitted noun, so structure 3 would connect two nouns (in this case, the same noun) without using 是 (structure 1). Is this 是 implied?

  • On the other hand, if there was no 的 in structure 3, we would have Noun + Adj + Adj, which is the common simple "noun + adjective" sentences.

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