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What is the difference between 좋다 and 좋아하다?

This is a question from the proposal phase. What is the difference between 좋다 and 좋아하다? How do we distinguish between them?
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What's the adjective for feeling intense cold pain? (while at the dentist)

What's the adjective for feeling intense cold/pain? (while at the dentist) I hear this all the time when I get a dental cleaning, but I haven't been able to find the word in a dictionary. It roughly ...
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Etymology of '괜찮다'

The adjective '괜찮다' means: 형용사 (adjective) 별로 나쁘지 않고 보통 이상이다. Not bad and above average. When you look at the adjective '편찮다', you can know it is from another adjective '편하다' as '편찮다' is a ...
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What's the difference between '관형사' and '형용사'?

According to Naver dictionary, '관형사' means: <언어> 체언 앞에 놓여서, 그 체언의 내용을 자세히 꾸며 주는 품사. 조사도 붙지 않고 어미 활용도 하지 않는데, ‘순 살코기’의 ‘순8’과 같은 성상 관형사, ‘저 어린이’의 ‘저4’와 같은 지시 관형사, ‘한 사람’의 ‘한1’과 같은 수 관형사 따위가 ...
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Korean words for "damp"

In TOPIKGuide.com's list of 100 most basic Korean adjectives, 4 of them are different words for "damp". 축축하다: Damp, Clammy, Wet 촉촉하다: Moist 습하다: Damp, Moist, Humid 젖다: Get Wet, Damp What are the ...
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Difference 동일한 vs 똑같은

I found today in a translation that 동일한 was used in a place where my personal Korean linguistic pattern would be to use 똑같은. While I might surmise that one could generally use either, I am curious if ...
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How should 미남이시라구요 be split?

The root word in 미남이시라구요 is 미남 (Noun) to mean a handsome man and the full translation for the sentence "changes the noun to adjective" to mean you're handsome or is it just a short form of the ...
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이것 책상이다 - 이: noun or adjective

이것 책상이다 = This is a desk. I have just consulted my dictionary and it said as follows. 이 = this (it may be a noun or pronoun) 것 = thing (it is a noun) So 이것 = this thing. I am wondering if Korean ...
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Does the suffix 다 identify verbs and adjectives?

Even though I've read this article, I would still like to clarify something about the 다 particle/suffix (not sure of the terminology, as a beginner). So far, and as someone with a basic knowledge of ...
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Is 없다 a "descriptive verb"?

Previously I thought there is no structural difference between adjectives and verbs in Korean, since all Korean words which are translated as adjectives into English are actually verbs which express ...
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What is the difference between 혹 잘못이 and 잘못이?

I get that 잘못 is a wrong or perhaps wrong doing/sin/fault/misbehavior/error (whatever) and that 이 is a subject particle. But how does 혹 alter that noun? I know the story of 혹부리 할아버지, and so, I ...
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How to add adjectives to counter words

I am currently learning about counter words in Korean and I was wondering how you would add an adjective to sentences that use these counters. I understand that you would, for example, translate the ...
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the difference between 형용사 and adjective

if we search adjective in korean-english dictionary, the meaning of adjective is "형용사". However, in Korean, afaik there is another "part of language" called "관형사", whose job is to qualify nouns. ...
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what is the difference between ~적인, ~스럽다 (~스러운) and ~답다 (~다운)?

They are all postfixes that can be used to say X~ like, but what is the difference between them? Do some have more positive or negative connotations associated with them? Is saying ~답다 more poetic? ...
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Is the use of 해야 하다 with 수 있다 for a descriptive verb redundant/necessary/natural?

A fairly basic grammar pattern in Korean is the (으)ㄹ 수 있다 pattern that expresses the ability or possibility of a verb. Some sources I found do specifiy that descriptive verbs can be used but are light ...
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What does 는 refer to in this sentence?

친구가 되는 사람이고 싶다 This means, I want to be a person that can become a friend. Usually words that end in 는 are "subjects" or "adjectives". Is (친구가 되)는 an adjective in this sentence? If not, what is it?
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Which one sounds more correct / natural?

I want to connect two adjectives, one of which is in negative form. As an example: 비싸지 않고 맛있는 식당 안 비싸고 맛있는 식당 It seems to me that 1 is more natural. But can I say 2 instead of 1 without changing the ...
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Destructuring Korean characters

what i'm trying to do is get some korean verb or adjective and turn it to it's dictionary form. So let's say that someone typed '추워요', which is the adjective for cold. It's dictionary form is '춥다'. Is ...
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Scared vs Scary

In English, the sentences "I am scared" and "I am scary" have almost opposite meanings. However, every translator I have seen translates them both the same way: "나는 무서워요"....
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아리운 meaning, explanation

The second part of the Alchemy of Souls OST is a song called 아리운 (Aching). While it is obvious to say that 아리운 means aching, I would like an explanation of what kind of word it is, as I can't seem to ...
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