Questions tagged [honorific]

Korean honorifics are used to reflect the speaker's relationship with the subject of the sentence.Originally, the honorifics expressed the differences in social status between speakers. This tag can be used when the question is related to addressing the audience of different levels in a manner that speaks the relationship.

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What is the politest way in Korean to say that someone is 'old'?

I am aware of 낡은 and 오래 된, but I'm not sure that these are suitable for saying that an (esteemed) person is old. (I'm sure 헌 probably isn't either!) What is the politest way to say that someone is ...
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Assuming relative status is known, how do I know when I should 'honor' someone gramatically?

It's possible to honor someone by use of 드리다 rather than 주다 when they receive a favour, use of honorific nouns such as 말씀 instead of 말, and honorific particles like 께서 and 께. I used to think that I ...
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Conjugation of 이시다

Could you please tell me if this is correct? 이다 --> 이시다 Present tense 야 / 이야 --> 셔 / 이셔 예요 / 이에요 --> 세요 / 이세요 인다 --> 이시다 입니다 --> 이십니다 Past tense 였어 --> 였셔 였어요 --> 였세요 였다 --> ...
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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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Do we use honorifics when talking about seniors in the third person?

This is a question from the definition stage and I would like to get it discussed in the main site. What are the rules for using honorifis when we are talking about someone in the third person? For ...
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What's the difference between 드세요 and 잡수세요?

I thought 드세요 was the honorific way to say 'eat', but I've also heard '잡수세요'. What's the difference?
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아니요, 남자아이는 여자가 아닙니다. Is this sentence gramatically correct with respect to the honorofics used?

아니요, 남자아이는 여자가 아닙니다 : Why would the sentence start with '요 ' (아니요) and end with 'ㅂ니다' (아닙니다)? I thought both were used in different levels of formality. Is it correct for the same sentence to use both ...