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Can I use 안 negation along with 그리?

I found the following sentence is not correct on Duolingo: 뜨거운 아이스크림은 그리 안 맛없어요. While the following is correct: 뜨거운 아이스크림은 그리 맛없지 않아요. I wonder why the first sentence is not correct. The ...
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What might be the difference between 하고 있지 않다 and 하지 않고 있다?

Consider the following two sentences in Korean, which are negations of the present continuous form 하고 있다: 나는 시험 준비를 하고 있지 않다. 나는 시험 준비를 하지 않고 있다. Do they perfectly have the same meaning, say "...
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Crossed hand gesture

I was watching a Korean commercial and the actress makes a gesture by crossing her hands: What does this gesture mean?
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Double Negation in Korean “있어요” vs “없지는 않아요”

If you contrast (1) 나는 여자친구가 있어요. I have a girl friend. with (2) 나는 여자친구가 없지는 (없진) 않아요. I have a girl friend. the latter is constructed using double negation, '없지는' and '않아요'. What is the ...
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Can 있다 and 없다 be negated (with 안 or -지 않다)?

Clearly, if something is not present or does not exist, it's usually natural to say 없다, and likewise, it's usually natural to use 있다 when something exists or is there. But my question is — is it ...
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Difference between negating with 안 and -지 않다

There are two ways to negate Korean verbs: By prepending 안 ("안 춥다") By appending -지 않다 ("춥지 않다") Are there rules for which one to use? Or does the method used change the meaning of the sentence?