How to say scary and scared in Cantonese?

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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

Reference

  1. 粵典。「得人驚
  2. 粵典。「驚

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