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Is 옥체 used to refer to people's body?

In Korean dramas I have come accross "옥체" [jade like body] to refer to the body of a King as in: 밤이 늦어 전하의 옥체마저 상하실까 걱정이옵니다. It is late at night, and I am afraid you [Your majesty's jade-...
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The use of the humble infix 사옵 and 옵

Can someone please let me know phrases and instance where the humble suffix is used with Hasipsio-che ? As in the common phrase: 그간 무고하셨사옵니까? Meanwhile have you been okay ?
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갖다 vs 가지다: much like 해 instead of 하?

I'm a post-beginner in Korean. Before I go to the point, I guess I should summarize what I know about Korean grammar likely related to this question. I know that, in Korean, the radical of the verbs (...
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Confusing use of quotations (among other things)

So I am listening to TTMIK’s Iyagi #14 about Taxis where 현우 is talking with 경은 about how taxi drivers in the provinces often use 반말 in contrast to their more polite Seoul counterparts: 기분이 나쁘지 않은 게, ...
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Correct form to use for a journal

My Korean teacher has asked me to keep a journal. What's the correct form and level of formality for talking to yourself? Are journals written in 반말 ? Or plain form? Or perhaps something else?
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What cues can I use to tell whether someone is speaking 반말 (banmal) or 존댓말 (jondaemal)?

I often have to distinguish whether someone is speaking 반말 banmal or 존댓말 jondaemal. Usually I pay attention to the ending, if I hear a -요, -니다 or -니까 I assume it's jondaemal otherwise banmal, but I'm ...
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교수님 성함께서는 vs 교수님 성함은

우리 교수님 성함은 심만찰이십니다. 우리 교수님 성함께서는 심만찰이십니다. I saw the first sentence in my Korean textbook. I am wondering why don't we use 께서는 after 성함 as in the sentence #2.
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Is it grammatically correct to add 요 to everything?

I thought 요 was only a verb ending, and my textbook did not introduce adding it to all sorts of parts of speech, which I hear regularly in Korea. From the well-known 저도요 to 이렇게요, noun + 요 etc. Is that ...
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Questions Using 나요

I have been confused about when to use 나요 for polite questions, as opposed to just (어/아/여)요. Is there certain situations where 나요 is more appropriate to use, or is it just kind of random? Someone I ...
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