I know it is not good to study grammar from songs. However, I am curious if this structure below is some kind of grammar.

7년을 만났죠 아무도 우리가 이렇게 쉽게 이별 할 줄은 몰랐죠

I know the structure "ㄹ 줄 모르다" but in this sentence why there is 은 here? Hope someone can explain it. Thanks.

Link for the song lyric: 7년간의 사랑

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1) 줄=depending noun (Its usage is similar to 것) : 줄 means way, fact and situation.

그녀는 밥을 지을 줄 (=짓는 것을) 모른다.

She can not prepare dinner.

2) Here 은 is emphasis :

나는 법은 모른다. I do not know law (But I know a lot of other things)

큰 언니까지 날 속일 줄은 몰랐어

I can bear that everybody deceived me, but it is terrible that old sister deceived me.

  • Could you explain the depending noun? What does it really mean?
    – emnha
    Jul 6, 2018 at 12:00
  • In english, it is corresponded to "thing". We can not use a noun "thing" independently. For instance, beautifu thing. Here we need a adjective "beautiful". Similarly, we can not use 줄 independently. For example, 공부 할 줄=way of doing a study.
    – HK Lee
    Jul 6, 2018 at 12:08
  • can you cite any link or material discussing about the dependent noun? I couldn't find any where saying that 줄 can be acted as a noun.
    – emnha
    Jul 8, 2018 at 4:44
  • In the following site alldic.daum.net/word/… it is 의존명사
    – HK Lee
    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:17

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