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How to say scary and scared in Cantonese?

How to say scary and scared in Cantonese?

Although fear doesn’t exist, there is always something we afraid of.  In this lesson, you will learn how to say scared and scary in Cantonese.

Scared in Cantonese: 驚 [geng1]

Scared in Cantonese is 驚 [geng1].

ngo5 hou2 geng1 aa3.

我好驚啊。

I am so scared.

Types of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence

nei5 gaau2 dou3 ngo5 hou2 geng1 aa3.

你搞到我好驚啊。

You make me feel so scared.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplementParticle
Part of speechNounVerb; /SentenceParticle
Words in sentence搞; 到我好驚

到 [dou3] is used here to form a complement of extent(程度補語).  To learn more about complement of extent, you may refer to Unit 10 Lesson 5.

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjective
Words in sentence

Scary in Cantonese: 得人驚 [dak1 jan4 geng1]

Scary in Cantonese is 得人驚 [dak1 jan4 geng1].

As 驚 [geng1] means “scared”, 得人驚 [dak1 jan4 geng1] literally means “make people feel scared”.

hak1 ging2 hou2 dak1 jan4 geng1 aa3.

黑警好得人驚啊。

Black cops are scary.

Types of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence黑警得人驚

ni1 tou3 hung2 bou3 pin2 hou2 dak1 jan4 geng1 aa3.

呢套恐怖片好得人驚啊。

This horror movie is scary.

Types of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence呢套恐怖片得人驚
Subject of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier呢套
Head恐怖片

FAQs

How to say scared in Cantonese?

Scared in Cantonese is 驚 [geng1].

How to say scary in Cantonese?

Scary in Cantonese is 得人驚 [dak1 jan4 geng1].

As 驚 [geng1] means “scared”, 得人驚 [dak1 jan4 geng1] literally means “make people feel scared”.

Reference

  1. 粵典。「得人驚
  2. 粵典。「驚

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