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Lately I have been listening to the song 좋아 that 민서 sings. The first part of the song goes:

이제 괜찮니 너무 힘들었다며 너의 그 마무리가 고작 이별뿐일 거라 우린 괜찮다면서

I was wondering if someone could explain to me the usage difference between ~다면서 and ~다며. I know this is a SONG so it will be more poetic and less conversational, but I am a stickler and really want to understand the nuances behind everything :)

땡큐~

  • korean.stackexchange.com/questions/2628/… is an existing question about this topic - but it doesn't yet have an accepted answer. Perhaps a good answer to this question would focus on the meaning in the song? – topo Reinstate Monica Dec 27 '17 at 23:03
  • Yes, I agree. I was also asking when 면서 and 며 are attached to "다" : I'm not sure if this would change the meaning at all as well. – Hani Honey Dec 27 '17 at 23:06
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    '~다며/~다면서'는 의미상으로는 큰 차이가 없는 것 같습니다. 서로 혼용해서 써도 무리가 없을 것 같습니다. – Yonggoo Noh Dec 28 '17 at 21:43
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    참고로 위의 가사를 "너무 힘들었다면서"로 바꿔도 의미상 전혀 문제가 없습니다 – Yonggoo Noh Dec 28 '17 at 21:52
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Hi random Korean passing by :D Your question is reeeeealllllly tricky.....

그는 A다면서 B했다. : He did B, even though A. (OR the same meaning as below)

그는 A다며 B했다. : He did B, saying/doing/etc A.

So, 다면서 has more various meanings and uses than 다며. Both are usually used in spoken language or when explaining a certain situation.

OMG this is so hard to explain. The best way to get a feel of nuances is to actually talk with native speakers, I think..... r(ㅇㅅㅇ )

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  • JYP?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ㅎㅎ – madkitty Mar 3 '18 at 0:40
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To add more details to the other answers, there is indeed a sense of continuity when saying 다며 but when you say ~한다면서 there is also a sense of negativity. Hope that helps.

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I search 다며, 다면서 in Korean dictionary

다며 : contraction of 다면서

다면서 : (1) 직접 간접으로 들은 사실을 다짐 (check)

A heard that clothes of the shop had fascinating colors. So today A buy several clothes

by saying to the host that clothes has a beautiful color.

A는 그 가게 옷이 좋다는 것을 들었다. 그래서 오늘 주인에게 옷 색이 좋다면서 몇벌 샀다.

(2) 빈정거림 (negative attitude)

Even though you studied hard, did you fail in the examination ?

너 공부했다면서, 시험을 망했니 ?

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