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고래는 포우류지 어류 아닙니다 -

I've heard that here, 지 is a contrastive (like -지만), so the meaning should be 'A whale is not a fish, but a mammal.'

However, I'm more used to '지' meaning 'isn't it?'. So I might read it as 'A whale is a mammal, isn't it? It's not a fish'.

Could either of those interpretations be correct? Or can '지' not mean 'isn't it?' when it's not at the end of a sentence?

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  • I'm not sure about the function of -지, but it is definitely different from -지만. "고래는 포유류지만 어류 아닙니다." would mean "Even though a whale is a mammal, it is not a fish." (...which doesn't make much sense.) A much better example with -지만 would be "고래는 포유류지만 바다 동물입니다." (Even though a whale is a mammal, it is a marine animal.)
    – jick
    Oct 19 '16 at 18:38
  • That -지 is defined in a dictionary: krdict.korean.go.kr/eng/dicSearch/…
    – Klmo
    Aug 7 '19 at 17:27
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고래는 포유류지 = A whale is a mammal

It came from the phrase '고래는 포유류다.'

we can rewrite the sentence to "A whale is not a mammal, and a whale is not a fish."

In this sentence '~지' means '~is ~ and'

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