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What is the difference between 었어 and 였어? Does it have anything to do with the ending sound of the word being conjugated? When should I use which one?

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  • it changes the meaning of some verbs; 죽었어 = I died. 죽였어 = I killed it. 먹었어 = I ate it. 먹였어 = I fed it. 굴렀어 = I rolled. 굴렸어 = I rolled it.
    – Coconut
    Feb 24 at 11:08
  • What about 아니었어요 and 아니였어요? Which is correct? Feb 24 at 14:04
  • 였어 is a shorthand for ㅣ었어. 아니었어요 아니였어요 both are correct but they have different meanings. 아니었어 = 아니다(verb) + 었어 / 아니였어 = 아니(noun) + ㅣ었어
    – Coconut
    Feb 25 at 16:07
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    내가 아니었어요 = It wasn't me. / 내가 아니였어요 = I was '아니'.
    – Coconut
    Feb 25 at 16:23
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The first “였다” is “이었다"'s abbreviations.

Noun: noun which has “받침” -이었다(었다) noun which doesn't have “받침” -였다

verb: behind verb which is “past tense” (except for ㅏ, ㅓ) -었다 verb which attach(use)”~하다”,”하다” -였다

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