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What is the difference between 련만 and 텐데?

Both seem to take the assumption of something before the word, and then take something that the speaker does after the word because the assumption is not met. But I’m not sure if there is any ...
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What's the difference between 아니, 아니요, and 아니에요?

아니, 아니요, and 아니에요 all translates to 'No'. So what's the difference between them?
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What's the difference between 한국어 and 한국말?

From reading different textbooks and online courses, it seems like 한국어 and 한국말 both mean Korean (the language). What's the difference between them (if any) and when should I use one over the other?
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Is this a correct sentence in Korean: “김치를 누가 먹습니까?” ? Or should it be only “누가 김치를 먹습니까?”?

I am not sure if the first sentence is acceptable at all, but I was meaning for it to be used in a situation of this kind: "What about kimchi? Who ate that?" Is OSV sentence structure a ...
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Nuance of using ~야 되다 in a request

I am watching 사랑의 불시착 aka Crash Landing On You. About five minutes into the first episode, the main character's father is revealed by her brother to be released from jail, to which her brother says: ...
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What is the difference between 가장 and 제일?

They both mean "most" (I think?) so what's the difference between them? Are they interchangeable?
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What's the difference between 곁에 and 곁엔?

so 곁에 and 곁엔 are pronounced differently but is there a difference in meaning? google translate says the first one means 'beside' and the second one is 'by the side' so I'm confused, how is it ...
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Difference between -지/죠 and -(으)ㄴ가(요)?

The title summerises my dilemma... What is the difference between -지/죠 and -(으)ㄴ가(요)? I know 지/죠 but I've read that 은가 is more like I'm reflecting on something and asking for people's opinion ...
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Difference between 쓰다 and 적다

안녕하세요! I am a bit curious about the difference between 쓰다 and 적다. For example which one is a better translation for "The woman writes a book": 여자는 책을 씁니다; 여자는 책을 적습이다; ??
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Difference between 복종 and 순종?

I see both 복종 and 순종 defined as obey, but surely there is a difference. Is the difference in formality; like, it's situational somehow where 순종 is with parents and 복종 is with law?
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What's the diference between 물어보다 and 물어봐요

What's the diference between 물어보다 and 물어봐요, would you like to give me examples too?
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What is the difference between 타고나다 and 태어나다?

Both of these words - 타고나다 and 태어나다 seem to mean "be born". This pair seems to not be in the category of transitive/intransitive verb which is common in Korean. Also, both seem to be often used to ...
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What is the difference between 과의 and just 과?

I found that sometimes 과의 is used instead of 과. For example, 대통령과의 인터뷰 The meaning seems to be the same however, in that it means "and" or "with". So what is the reason you use 과의, instead of ...
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What is the difference between 네 and 네요 to express admiration?

I'm learning about the usage of 네 to the stem of the verb to express admiration, but I don't understand the difference between 네 and 네요. What is the difference between them? Is 네요 more formal much ...
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What is the difference between 싸우다 and 싸움하다?

Both are translated as fight, struggle. Can both be used to mean "quarrel"?
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The difference between 너무 and 너무 많이?

In the following sentences: 손님, 너무 걱정하지 마십시오. 너무 많이 운동하지 마십시오. These sentences mean: Sir, don't worry too much. Don't exercise too much. But I don't understand then what is the difference between ...
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Why would you ever use -에서?

The following quotation is from this answer. 북한에서는 동무라느니 수령이라느니 이런 말을 쓴다 In north Korea, north Koreans use such words saying that A is 동무 and that B is 수령. I am trying to understand that first word. ...
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Is there any difference between 속의 and 속에?

Is there any difference between 속의 and 속에? I heard both of them pronounced in the same way, and i think both of them means "inside", is there any difference between them?
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How come 네 and 아니다 are different “parts of speech?”

"네" and "아니요" are often paired together as opposites ("yes"/"no"). However, I just noticed they are different parts of speech. What I mean is: 아니요 has a verb stem that you can add Korean verb endings ...
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What is the difference between 에 비해서 and 보다?

Both ~에 비해서 and ~보다 are attached to nouns and used to compare things, such as: 지난 주에 비해서 바쁜 편이에요. 지난 주보다 바쁜 편이에요. We are somewhat busier compared to last week. When is one preferred over the other? ...
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Difference in meaning of 관객 and 청중

What is the difference between 관객 and 청중. Do both mean 'public'? How might we use both words in context?
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What’s the difference between 해 and 살 and 년?

What’s the difference between 해 and 살 and 년?? They all mean year(s), right? Eg. 세 살 or 다섯 해 or 매년 I figure the first is more general, the second is for age and the third is for phrases like the ...
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Different forms of the same word/verb?

This is my first time asking a question here so I hope I’m doing everything right. I’m wondering, what is the difference between these forms of the same word: 1) 깨끗 2) 깨끗다 3) 깨끗하다 4) 깨끗습니다 I know ...
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모두 versus 다 as an adverb. What is the difference in this practical example?

Is there any difference in nuance between 모두 and 다? Are there times when it is more appropriate to use one over the other? Here is a practical example I have been looking at: 재료는 모두 준비되어 있습니다. ...
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Is there any difference in '악마' and '마귀', meaning 'devil'?

Is there any difference in '악마' and '마귀', meaning 'devil'? Do either of them refer to 'The Devil' in any particular belief system? Are either of them more rooted in Korean traditions?
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What's the difference between '아가', '아기', and '애기', meaning baby?

Are some of these spellings / pronunciations less formal or slang versions of the word? I was surprised to see Google Translate translate 'baby' as 아가, as I had thought that was an informal version of ...
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Which one is correct: ‘갈 데까지 가다’ or ‘갈 때까지 가다’?

PSY's <강남 스타일 (Gangnam style)>. It's kind of famous, you know. This is what its lyrics say: 지금부터 갈 데까지 가 볼까? Shall we go all the way through from now on? But is it really 데 here? Isn't it ...
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Could a translation error lead to squares to not be considered as rectangles?

I'm reading a certain set of kindergarten/lower primary maths textbooks that is written by American authors for an Asian company. Whenever students are asked to identify the number of rectangles in a ...
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How different are “대하다” and “관하다?”

“대하다 (對하다)” and “관하다 (關하다)”; both seem similar, but not the same. How different are they? The only thing I know is that “對” means “to face” and “關” means “to relate.”
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What's the difference between ‘마디 (소절[小節])’ and ‘낱말 (단어[單語])’?

I know that 소절 (小節) is a Sino-Korean word for 마디, and 단어 (單語) is that for 낱말. The thing is, utterly almost every Korean-English dictionary says that those all are meaning a word! I was literally ...
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Which way to write ㅊ

Which is the better way to write ㅊ? I've seen it written in 3 different ways like in the picture.
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Ways to say “circle” - curious about “원” in this sentence

인생은 원이 아니라 무한한 직선이다 That translates to Life isn’t a circle, it’s an infinite, straight line. Is there a contextual requirement for when to say 원 and when to say 동그라미? Are there other ways to say ...
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What is the difference between ~다면서 and ~다며

Lately I have been listening to the song 좋아 that 민서 sings. The first part of the song goes: 이제 괜찮니 너무 힘들었다며 너의 그 마무리가 고작 이별뿐일 거라 우린 괜찮다면서 I was wondering if someone could explain to me the usage ...
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Difference between 지르기 and 때리기

Here's another question from my study of "The Art of Kyuki-Do". The book refers to some techniques as "chirugi" (which I assume to be "지르기"), and others as "darigi" (which, from context, I assume to ...
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Pronunciation of 개 versus 게

Is there a difference between the pronunciation of 개 (dog) versus 게 (crab)? Or do you just have to use context to know which one is being spoken about?
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하지만 이겨내야 해 and 하지만 이겨내고야 difference

In the Dungeon Fighter Soundtrack I recently listened to both by Dazbee and Hyukso Kwon, I notice that they use different word choices. While Hyukso Kwon used 하지만 이겨내야 해, Dazbee used 하지만 이겨내고야. ...
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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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질문와 의문 차이점 difference

Could you please explain the difference between these two words? Sometimes I see 의문, an this confuses me a bit, cause in most cases 질문/물음 are used. 안녕하세요! 질문이라는 말 더 자주 들었지만 가끔 인터뷰를 보면 의문라는 말을 들어요. ...
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Examples to explain difference between 족보 and 계보

In Google Translate it appears that sometimes both 족보 and 계보 translate to Geneology. I fooled around with it a bit and got Google to give me pedigree for 족보 and lineage for 계보. In Daum the number 1 ...
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How does general Korean written language differ from text/chat langauge?

I read here earlier that written language is different from modern text/chat language. So much so, that some would consider it difficult to read/understand. Are there any specific cases where you've ...
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Can 깨다 and 부수다 be used interchangeably?

What is the difference between these words when used to mean "to break (something)"? Can they be used interchangeably?
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What is the difference between V(으)ㄴ 적이 있다 and V(아/어) 보다?

Both seems to express past experience. For example, 막걸리 마셔 봤어요? Have you tried to drink maggeolli?/Have you ever drunk maggeolli? 서울에 가 봤어요? Have you ever been to Seoul? 생낙지 안 먹어 봤어요 I never never ...
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What are the differences in usage and meaning between 아름답다, 예쁘다, 이쁘다 and 곱다?

These four words basically means 'beautiful', 'lovely', 'pretty', according to Naver Online Dictionary: 아름답다, 예쁘다, and 곱다. From my own experience, it seems to me that 예쁘다 and 이쁘다 have the same ...
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What is the difference between -(어/아/여)야 하다 and -(어/아/여)야 되다?

I have learned that in order to express must/have to in Korean, you use-(어/아/여)야 하다 and -(어/아/여)야 되다 (depending on the verb stem, you might use 어). For example: 너는 밥을 먹어야 한다. vs 밥을 먹어야 된다. (You ...
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Difference between 앉으세요 and 앉으실게요

I hear very often an office (bank) clerk or a nurse say 손님 / 환자분, 여기 앉으실게요. (Literally) Customer / Patient, please sit here. Even if it sounds more polite than '앉으세요', I am not sure if it is ...
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Difference between 바랍니다 and 바라겠습니다

이번 추석 명절 잘 보내시길 바랍니다. (Literally) I hope you (will) spend this Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving day) well. vs 이번 추석 명절 잘 보내시길 바라겠습니다. (Literally) Ditto. Colloquially, the two sentences seem to mean ...
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할 말을 잃다 vs 할 말을 잊다

"할 말을 잃다." literally translates to (Subject) loses (잃다) words (말) to say (말하다). "할 말을 잊다." is literally (Subject) forgets (잊다) words (말) to say (말하다). Both sentences sound ...
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Pronunciation of '주가 (stock price)' and '효과 (effect)'

According to Naver Korean dictionary, '주가' is pronounced [주까], not [주가], but '효과' is pronounced [효ː과], not [효ː꽈]. I heard and am still hearing many native Korean speakers pronounce '효과' as [효ː꽈] and ...
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What is the difference between 지 and 걸?

I have read the following sentences: 여자는 차가 어디에 있는지 몰라요. 아이들은 아기가 자는 걸 몰라요. I guess the meaning is the following: The woman doesn't know where her car is. The children doesn't know that the infant ...
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Etymology of '띄어쓰기 (word spacing)'

There are some Korean words which use 'ㅢ' in them such as '띄어쓰기 (word spacing)'. What is the etymology of '띄어쓰기'? Why can't it be written as '띠어쓰기' and is there any difference between '띄어쓰기' and '...