I want to connect two adjectives, one of which is in negative form. As an example:

  1. 비싸지 않고 맛있는 식당
  2. 안 비싸고 맛있는 식당

It seems to me that 1 is more natural. But can I say 2 instead of 1 without changing the meaning? Does it sound strange?

  • Although the second way is usually not used for a lot of compound words, 비싸다 that was a compound word long ago is a simple word, which means that the second one is also correct.
    – Klmo
    Jul 6, 2019 at 7:53
  • @Klmo Thanks for the input. But I really meant to ask a general question about how to connect two adjectives, one of which may be in negative form, rather than a question that is specific to the word 비싸다 itself
    – user23823
    Jul 6, 2019 at 9:03
  • They are called long/short form negatives. Take a look at this article.
    – Ignatius
    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:24

2 Answers 2


I assume that you are asking if the second usage is also logically correct. There are no problems unless you have chosen an adjective/verb that is unused with 안.

Unlike the English not, 안 cannot modify multiple adjectives/verbs at once; it modifies the nearest adjective/verb only.

An appropriate connector is chosen based on the sentiments rather than on the forms. 안 비싸다 and 맛있다 are mostly considered positive, so using -고 is reasonable. This -고 can also be used when both adjectives relate to negative feelings/opinions (e.g. 비싸다 and 맛없다).

When only one of the two adjectives shows a negative opinion (for example, 비싸다 as the negative and 맛있다 as the positive), phrases such as 비싼데 맛있는 것, 비싸도 맛있는 것, 비싸고도 맛있는 것, and 비싸지만 맛있는 것 are used, but you can also use 비싸고 맛있는 것, 비싸면서 맛있는 것, or 비싸고도 맛있는 것 if having a expensive thing makes you feel happy or better.

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    Thanks for pointing out that 안 only modifies the nearest adjective/verb. I think this is really important.
    – user23823
    Jul 7, 2019 at 12:29

I think so. I think it is like difference of do not and don't. First one is more natural to me, too, but second one is ok.

Additionally, There are 2,570,000 google search result for 비싸지 않고 맛있는, and 4,010,000 for 안 비싸고 맛있는. I think it is because 안 비싸고 맛있는 is shorter than 비싸지 않고 맛있는.

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