I've been hearing this word being used a lot and I'm just wondering how to use it. I've been hearing it used in situations where I thought that 'ge3' should be used, as well as times that I didn't even know it needed to be used at all.
But it’s important to note that 的 itself can translate back to spoken Cantonese a few ways, including: 的 (dik1) itself, 嘅 (ge3), and also 啲 (di1).
So now I know that it's somehow linked to 'ge3'.
Here are some example sentences that I've heard it being used in:
'Ngo5 jau5 di1 gam2 mou6'
'Ngo5 jau5 di1 faat3 siu1'
In these cases, shouldn't it be, 'ngo5 jau5 jat1 go3 faat3 siu1'?
I really don't understand the usage of this 'di1', if someone could explain it to me in depth that would be wonderful. Thank you so much!
I really want to drop a line to you that explains the 的 usage for you. but my English isn't good at explicitly answering. So in short. when you see 的 (dik1), 嘅 (ge3), 啲 (di1) following the noun. that means the objects or entity are changed to be an adjective. they are used to modify the following objects. so to speak. 美丽的城市。that means beautiful city.绿色的公园（green park) 中国的国旗。China's frag. in this way. 的 becomes possessive. such all the pronoun can apply this way. 我的妈妈，他的儿子， 我们的朋友。(my mother/ his son/ our friends.).
Regarding 的 (dik1), 嘅 (ge3), 啲 (di1)'s the subtle difference..的 is Mandarin. Most Cantonese's characters are mandarin characters. but 嘅 啲 are Cantonese. they work the same function. 的 is writing Chinese and formal .嘅 and 啲 are colloquial spoken Cantonese. like pack n play and playpen are the same things different expression way. 啲 (di1) sometimes I use as a state. 係啲。 系嘅，and 是的。（YES。）they have virtually difference in spoken but meanings are the same.
If you have any questions or confusing please point out.