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Is the use of 해야 하다 with 수 있다 for a descriptive verb redundant/necessary/natural?

A fairly basic grammar pattern in Korean is the (으)ㄹ 수 있다 pattern that expresses the ability or possibility of a verb. Some sources I found do specifiy that descriptive verbs can be used but are light ...

grammar adjective  
asked by Ubz 1 vote
answered by jick 2 votes

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Responding to unfortunate news in Korean

When I lived in Korea, a lady told me her mother had died a few days before. Being very new to the country and language, I told her "죄송합니다." This works in English to say "I'm sorry" in such a ...

word-usage word-choice phrase-request  
asked by Vladhagen 10 votes
answered by topo Reinstate Monica 5 votes

Parts of the foot

I'm looking for the parts of the foot in Korean. I know a few of them: Foot 발 Toe 발가락 Big Toe 엄지 발가락 Ankle 발목 added from solutions Heel 발꿈치 Ball 발볼 Bridge 발등 Sole 발바닥 Updated Parts of Foot

vocabulary translation  
asked by 제이 죤스톤 2 votes
answered by user17915 2 votes

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 formal and Informal

I know Korean has formal and informal ways of speaking, but is there a complete difference between formal and informal speaking or just small differences? Say I was speaking to a person older than ...

formal informal  
asked by Jack 4 votes
answered by Michaelyus 3 votes

How 선배 and 후배 are classified in Korean (age, position or both)?

could anyone especially Korean native speakers have a look at this excerpt and tell me whether it is correct or not? As the book said 선배 and 후배 are classified based on two criteria, age and position. ...

meaning spoken-korean korean-culture  
asked by anhnha 6 votes

What are the differences in usage and meaning between 아름답다, 예쁘다, 이쁘다 and 곱다?

These four words basically means 'beautiful', 'lovely', 'pretty', according to Naver Online Dictionary: 아름답다, 예쁘다, and 곱다. From my own experience, it seems to me that 예쁘다 and 이쁘다 have the same ...

vocabulary difference word-choice  
asked by Taladris 9 votes
answered by Vladhagen 4 votes

Maximum number of characters in a syllable block

I've seen a number of Hangul syllables that contain 4 characters (닭, for example) - is it possible to have syllables with 5 (or even more) characters in them? The Wikipedia page on Hangul suggests it'...

asked by Derek Redfern 7 votes
answered by Leftium 6 votes
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