Korean allows words to be split in the middle at the end of lines, and I've always thought that line breaks could appear at any point in the middle of a word. However, this blog post by a professional translator seems to indicate otherwise - at least, it says that an instance of 이렇게 split like this:

게 .......

is an incorrect break.

What are the rules for line breaks in Korean? That is, when is it not permissible to put a line break in the middle of a Korean word?

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    The article does not mean the break is incorrect. Break in between a word is always acceptable. The article just points out that the PowerPoint will mark such a break as wrong as the grammar check is in en-US, and you need to change the language to Korean in order to prevent the checker from correcting you Jun 12 '17 at 14:30
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    @SuperCoolHandsomeGelBoy The article says the red underlined parts are incorrectly marked wrong, but the word 이렇게 is incorrectly split up: "the blue arrow shows a Korean word split incorrectly at the end of the line."
    – gaeguri
    Jun 13 '17 at 0:54

There are two ways to wrap correctly, depending on formatting:

  • Left aligned text (ragged edges): split only on spaces between words
  • Justified text: split anywhere

I'm not sure the origin of this rule: it might just be this translator's personal preference. (This was the first time I heard of such a rule; I've just noticed Korean words split anywhere.) In the words of the professional translator you referenced:

  • When laying out the body text, either left- AND right-justify the text OR make sure you end each line of text between words, not in the middle of words.
  • In titles or short phrases and bullet points, don’t left- or right-justify; just make sure you end each line of text between words, not in the middle of words.

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