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is it true if I change the order of parts in a sentence like this?

is the sentence "교실에 컴퓨터가 있습니다" equal to "컴퓨터가 교실에 있습니다"? (I have swapped the position of "교실에" and "컴퓨터가")
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Korea root meanings: 작다 - small 적다 - to be few

Is there a relationship between these two words (since they sound similar)? I always try to look at roots , meanings, and suffixes, like I do in other languages. Or is this just a coincidence ? 작다 - ...
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What are the different ways to say "why, what, where, who " in Korean?

I want to learn the different ways to say what, where, why, and who. I know that for settings, formality, subjects, and other topics, These words can change a little bit, so I want to know more words ...
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"재 한구거는 안 좋아요." Can I say it like this?

I know I can say "재 한구거는 좋지 않아요", but can I also use 안?
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What is the difference between 어때 and 어떻게?

I mostly understand the difference between them (what do you think about xx vs. how yy), but I’ve seen the sentence 그 여자에 대해 어떻게 생각해요? Does this mean that 어떻게 can also be used to say “what do you ...
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Why is the use of 니까 not correct in this sentence?

I have come across the following sentences where the first one is correct and second is not correct 어제 아파서 못 왔어요. (O) 어제 아프니까 못 왔어요. (X) I can understand that 아/어/여서 can't be used for imperative or ...
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Is a sentence ending in 테다 any different in nuance than 텐데 or 테니까?

whilst 텐데(요) and 테니까 have their own satisfactory grammar documentation, 테다 is missing its own exhaustive coverage. I'll include the example sentence that made me curious in the first place: 죽여버릴 테다 ...
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What is the difference between 전까지 and 까지?

So what are the different use cases for ~까지 and ~전까지, both meaning 'until'? When can one be used but not the other? Example: "내 문제가 되기 전까진 본 적도 없어요" I had not seen it until it was my problem....
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What is shorted for 뭔?

I searched 뭔 on this site, but I have no result at all. 뭐=무엇 뭔=무엇은? Is it right?
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What is the difference between "이곳" and "여기"?

I came across this video, [Basic Korean Grammar] Most frequent Korean word 이, 그, 저 in my early study of Korean language. At around 5:23, Kim mentioned that "이곳" and "여기" are ...
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What’s the difference between 뵙다, 뵈다, and 보다?

I’m pretty sure they all mean to see but is the difference just in formality? I’ve seen people say that 뵙다 is the most honorific and 보다 is the least, but I’ve seen those same people say that 뵙다 can ...
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How do you say “because” in Korean? Moreover, what are the differences and usages?

I understand that this is not an easy question to answer, so I am going to list the ones I've found. ~어서, ~아서, ~어 and ~아 ~때문에, ~기 때문에 and ~기 때문이다 ~으니까, ~니까, ~으니 and ~니 ~ㄹ까 봐서, ~ㄹ까 봐, ~을까 봐서 and ~을까 봐 ...
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Translating and comparing the sentences

I need some examples of how to translate the two sentences below: 다음에 연습 좀 해와요. 박서준 씨나 제대로 연습해 오세요. Would you translate the first one as ‘Next time you should come and get more practice’? What else ...
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The difference between 공부하다 and 배우다

What's the difference between these 2 verbs: 공부하다 배우다 Could you provide some context as well? Thank you in advance!
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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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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 섭섭하다 and 슬프다?

I found there are two adjectives to mean "sad" in Korean - 섭섭하다 and 슬프다. But I don't understand the difference between the two. What is the difference and how can I use them apart properly?
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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 North American authors for an Asian company. Whenever students are asked to identify the number of rectangles ...
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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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