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"verb+(으)ㄴ 지" VS. "verb+았/었는지"

It seems that "verb+(으)ㄴ 지" and "verb+았/었는지" are both valid structures expressing a past action in Korean, but one cannot be substituted for another, e.g. 동생이 밥을 먹은 지 1시간이 되었어요. (○) 동생이 밥을 먹었는지 ...

asked by user23823 2 votes
answered by gaeguri 1 vote

what do 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning “situation”?

The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?

meaning hanja word-origin  
asked by anhnha 1 vote
answered by lv0gun9 0 votes

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Intonations in Korean

Some languages have tones (i.e. intonation rules) by default, for example Mandarin (4), Thai (5), Lao (6), Vitenamese (6), Cantonese (6), etc. Other languages do not have fixed rule on tones, but ...

pronunciation tonal  
asked by 짱멋진만찢남 7 votes
answered by gaeguri 7 votes

difference between 잘자요 and 굿나잇

When translating 잘자요 and 굿나잇 they both come up as meaning "Good night". Is there a contextual difference between them, if so what is this difference and when do I have to use which one?

word-choice word-usage  
asked by Jungkook 4 votes
answered by Hani Honey 2 votes

What are the differences between 힘들다 and 어렵다?

Both seems to mean 'to be difficult' or 'to be hard'. Is there a difference between them, in meaning or in usage (spoken/written, formal/informal)?

vocabulary difference  
asked by Taladris 10 votes
answered by jungyh0218 9 votes

What's the origin and meaning of '썸타다'?

Naver defines '썸타다' as: have a fling The action of pushing and pulling when a man and a woman who are attracted to but haven't started seeing each other. These seem to be different meanings. The ...

asked by topo Reinstate Monica 4 votes
answered by Memming 5 votes

What does 초고수 mean?

A friend sent the following text: 네 ㅋㅋㅋ 곧, 한국어 초고수 되곘어요 I tried to look up 초고수, but couldn't find it in the dictionary. What does it mean here? I assume it is somehow related to 고수?

asked by kazzyt 6 votes
answered by KYHSGeekCode-N 8 votes

What is the difference between adjectives and verbs?

Since both adjectives and verbs all ends with 다, is there any grammatical differences between them. Is it only a difference that we introduced because in English we both have adjectives and verbs and ...

asked by Lyle 10 votes
answered by gaeguri 10 votes

How do the 'stroke counting symbol' work?

When taking orders, Korean restaurants don't use Arabic numbers, but a system of strokes: one horizontal line for 1 item, completed by a vertical line (like a T-shape) for 2 items. A horizontal stroke ...

numbers counting  
asked by Taladris 6 votes
answered by user17915 6 votes
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