Modal verbs with the meaning "to deserve"
Modal verbs (情态动词) can be used to express possibility, desire, ability, and necessity. Modal verbs cannot appear without a predicate and can only appear in predicate phrases.
The verb 配
has the meaning "to be worth", "to meet the requirements".
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It is commonly used in written language.
You don't deserve my love
nǐ bú pèi dédào wǒ de ài
People who don’t remember the past don't deserve to have a future
bù láojì guòqù de rén, bú pèi yǒngyǒu wèilái
Interrogative sentences with 配 have a rhetorical meaning. They emphasize that an object is not worthy of something or doesn't meet some set of requirements. These sentences have a high emotional coloring.
Do you think you are worthy of being an emperor?
nǐ rènwéi zìjǐ pèi zuò huángdì ma
The verb 值得
The modal verb is used to describe whether an action is worth doing.
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值得 can also be pronounced as zhíde.
值得 can be preceded by adverbs of degree. For example: , .
This book is worth reading
zhè běn shū hěn zhídé kàn
This matter deserves attention
zhè shì yí ge zhídé kǎolǜ de wèntí
You can make negative sentences by using 不值得 or 不值. However, a sentence must be continued after when using a shortened form.
It is too much hassle to make yogurt yourself. It's not worth it
zìjǐ zuò suānnǎi hěn máfan, bù zhídé
This competition is not worth watching
zhè cì bǐsài bù zhí yí kàn
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The negative form of modal verbs is formed by adding the negative adverb . The negative adverb cannot be used here.
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