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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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Does the suffix 다 identify verbs and adjectives?

Even though I've read this article, I would still like to clarify something about the 다 particle/suffix (not sure of the terminology, as a beginner). So far, and as someone with a basic knowledge of ...
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Etymology of 하십시오체 sentence endings

What is the etymology of the 하십시오체 sentence endings? ~습니다 ~습니까 ~읍시오 Some conjecture on my part: The spelling of the indicative and interrogative endings makes me think that 습 and 니다/니까 were once ...
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What does the 있나 싶어요 sentence ending mean?

I came across this sentence today: 회사에서 별도로 교육을 할 필요가 있나 싶어요. I am most confused by the ending. What does 있나 싶어요 here imply?
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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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What is the difference in usage between the endings 다고 and 대?

Is there a difference in usage between the endings 대(요) and 다고(요) ? I seem to hear 다고 (and the closely related 라고) used more in spoken language, but I think there is a little more to the story...I ...
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기로 하다 VS. (으)려 하다

Are these two ending forms pretty much interchangable? Someone suggested that it is a matter of degree, with 기로 하다 being a strong intention (or promise) while (으)려 하다 being more a bit weaker, maybe ...