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"Hypercorrect" honorifics (e.g. 필요하시면)

The verb suffix '시' is normally used to give respect to the subject of the verb; yet it is easy to see examples where the verb subject is inanimate and an honorific isn't required: 다른 것이 필요하시면 알려주십시오 ...
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Which personal pronouns should I use with the 요 form?

I know that when I use the ㅂ니다/습니다 form, if I want to say "I" I should say "저" and I know that when I speak in 반말 I should use "나" instead. But what about the ...
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Use of 우리 for "my"

From what I've understood, when I talk about things that are not entirely mine I have to use the term 우리. In formal situations in which I'd have to use the ㅂ니다/습니다 form do I have to use 저희 instead?
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Valid usage of -"십니다"?

I came across this sentence in a textbook. 김선생님은 차 타고 서울로 가십니다. Meaning "Mr. Kim goes to Seoul by car". My doubt concerns the suffix -shimnida. Previously I came across the interrogative -...
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Reason for mix of 해체 and 하십시오체 in the phrase 만나서 반갑습니다

Why is it 만나서 반갑습니다 and not 만나니 반갑습니다? The verb is clearly in 하십시오체, so shouldn't the 'Cause/Reason Connective Form' (as wiktionary calls it) 서 also be of the form 니?
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Is there a difference between -뜹니다 and -씁니다?

I recently came across the verb 고맙다 conjugated as follows: 고맙뜹니다 I was confused, as I've never seen the formal polite ending spelled with ㄸ. Usually it's spelled -습니다. I checked verbix.com and ...
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Difference between formal and Informal

I know Korean has formal and informal ways of speaking, but is there a complete difference between formal and informal speaking or just small differences? Say I was speaking to a person older than ...
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When learning Korean, is it better to learn formal only?

I am starting to learn Korean (A course on Coursera, I have purchased a course on Udemy, and am also listening to podcasts from "Talk to me in Korean". In the podcasts, they suggest learning the ...
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Should my kids speak formally to me?

I was aghast after learning Korean and proper ways to speak to elders when my native Korean spouse spoke to her mother in 반말. But it doesn't seem that the majority of children speak formally to their ...
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DPRK proclamations are written in English using very nuanced (flowery) adjectives. Is this a regular part of Korean speech?

Occasionally a proclamation or statement will be issued from the Kim government. These are typically translated into English using descriptives that evoke strong negative or positive feelings. An ...
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How to properly use the middle dot (·; 가운뎃점)?

I'm a native Korean speaker who's been off Korea for years. I've been binge watching American shows, studying in American high school, reading English books at the American library, and talking and ...
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Are 씨 or 님 appropriate name suffixes to be polite in an Internet forum?

If one wishes to be polite in reference to another user met in an online forum (e.g., StackOverflow or a Facebook Group), is it appropriate to add 씨 or 님 to the other user's name?
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Should I use polite speech to animals?

When talking to people in Korean, there are social rules (heirarchy, age, general politeness) that determine whether I should use formal speech like 해요 or 합니다. But what about if I'm talking to animals?...
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Are formal / honorific forms mandatory when talking about oneself?

If I am talking to someone superior in status or a stranger, and I refer to myself in a sentence, should formal / honorific form be used?
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