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How to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese?
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How to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese?

Hong Kong girls, 港女 [gong2 neoi2], are really beautiful!  Do you know how to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese to flatter them?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese.

Beautiful and pretty in Cantonese: 靚 [leng3]

Adjective(形容詞) 靚 [leng3] means both beautiful and pretty in Cantonese.  It can be used to describe anything.

nei5 gam1 jat6 hou2 leng3 wo3!

你今日好靚喎!

You look pretty today!

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounNoun; adverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence今日; 好

 

ni1 fuk1 waa2 zan1 hai6 hou2 leng3 wo3!

呢幅畫真係好靚喎!

This painting is really beautiful!

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence呢幅畫真係; 好

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier呢幅
Head

keoi5 gam1 jat6 zou6 me1 zoek3 dak1 gam3 leng3 ge2?

佢今日做咩着得咁靚嘅?

Why does she dress so beautifully today?

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateComplementParticle
Part of speechNounNoun; AdverbVerb; /ClauseParticle
Words in sentence今日; 做咩着; 得咁靚

Particle(助詞) 嘅 [ge2] is used for asking why in Cantonese.  Read Unit 8 Lesson 9 to learn more.

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speech/AdverbAdjective
Words in sentence/

Pretty in Cantonese: 靚女 [leng3 neoi2]

Adjective(形容詞) 靚女 [leng3 neoi2] also means pretty in Cantonese.  Nevertheless, it can only be used to describe female.

When 靚女 [leng3 neoi2] is used as a noun(名詞), it means pretty girl in Cantonese.

nei5 gam1 jat6 hou2 leng3 neoi2 wo3!

你今日好靚女喎!

You look pretty today!

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounNoun; adverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence今日; 好靚女

 

keoi5 gam1 jat6 zou6 me1 zoek3 dak1 gam3 leng3 neoi2 ge2?

佢今日做咩着得咁靚女嘅?

Why does she dress so beautifully today?

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateComplementParticle
Part of speechNounNoun; AdverbVerb; /ClauseParticle
Words in sentence今日; 做咩着; 得咁靚女

 

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speech/AdverbAdjective
Words in sentence/靚女

Reference

  1. 粵典。「靚
  2. 粵典。「靚女

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