I stumbled upon what seems to be a contradiction in my beginner's course textbook.

The book explains that the particle which indicates direction, "로", must be replaced by its variant "으로" if preceded by a consonant.

However, the examples given conflict with the previous statement:

  • 바다로 - "toward the sea"
  • 서울로 - "toward Seoul"
  • 건물으로 - "toward the building"

Why isn't the second example "서울으로"?

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    The rules are different if the previous consonant (받침) is ㄹ
    – user17915
    Jan 8, 2021 at 0:32
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    The third example is incorrect.
    – kaylimekay
    Jan 8, 2021 at 2:30
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    It should be "로" after ㄹ (so, "한국으로" but "서울로" & "건물로"). If your textbook really says "건물으로", I'd recommend buying a better textbook - your time is worth more.
    – jick
    Jan 8, 2021 at 3:48
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    That is a common mistake even among Koreans.
    – Absol
    Jan 8, 2021 at 13:24
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    Hmm... maybe I'm missing a recent trend but I don't remember anyone pronouncing -ㄹ+로 with 으로 - in my mind that's akin to mixing up 이 and 가 (i.e., very unlikely for a native speaker).
    – jick
    Jan 8, 2021 at 18:35

1 Answer 1

  1. "no prop consonant (받침 없음)" or "prop consonant ㄹ (받침 ㄹ)" + 로
  2. the other prop consonants + 으로

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