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Why do we need the repetition in 춤 추다 and 꿈 꾸다?

I don't know about the "why" part, but one way to think of them is that these verbs require objects. And it doesn't have to be the exact word 춤 or 꿈. For example: 축제에서 디스코를 췄어요. [I] ...
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Refusing using 괜찮아요

Direct refusal is not considered polite among many Koreans. Many Koreans find it polite to say 괜찮아요 instead of "No!" in such occasions. Some Koreans will eat the food offered to them in an effort to ...
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What does it mean when Korean people use alternate spelling of a given name?

'제로미' is not considered to be a change in its form- because we can notice that the writer was intending to spell '제롬이' in the... wrong way. '제로미' is rather a way to show friendliness between friends, ...
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Are colors interchangeable

Yes. They are interchangeable. But there is a slight difference of nuance - Sino-Korean tend to be considered a little bit more formal. Native Koreans use former ones much more, and latter ones are ...
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Refusing using 괜찮아요

Basically, 괜찮은(adjective) is good or fine, and 괜찮다/괜찮아(verb) means to be fine or to be okay. Ex.1) 커피한잔 할래요? [Do you want some coffee?] -Affirmative : [Yeah, That's good idea!] 네, 괜찮네요/괜찮아요/좋아요! (커피를 ...
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What does this mean: 지금 다른 나라는 며칠입니까?

In short, yes, you're correct. 지금 다른 나라는 며칠입니까? = What date is it now in other countries? 며칠입니까? can mean two 서울까지 며칠입니까? (asking how many days it takes to get Seoul) 서울은 며칠입니까? (asking what date ...
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what the difference "백화점" and "편의점" from market in english?

There are different types of shopping places that are common. Sometimes translations don't tell you all; certainly, 백화점 is definitely not a market. It should be translated "department store". But ...
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Difference between 쓰다 and 적다

Sorry for a superficial question, it was pretty easy to find an answer, but let me just share the knowledge here, as in wiki Definitions 쓰다 - creatively writing 쓰다 is used when you are writing ...
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The native understanding of 이/그/저-러/렇-다

You already know the meaning of that words, so wrote just some of the feelings. 그런데/그렇지만 When someone says something, If I don't agree about that or I have different opinion, we use 그런데. To use at the ...
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what does 게 mean in this sentence - 네가 내 친구란 행운이야?

I'm not a pro at Korean grammar so bear with me while I try explain this. I think you mean 네가 내 친구란게 행운이야. I'm not sure where you got this sentence from, but I'm assuming it was said by someone. In ...
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Does 은/는 always imply contrast? How do you know when it doesn’t?

does “지안은 철수를 좋아한다” mean that 지안, not someone else, likes 철수? By itself, no, but in a certain context it could. E.g. 민지는 지민을 좋아하는데 지안은 철수를 좋아한다. Or does it mean that 지안 likes, not hates, 철수? No, ...
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Usage of object marking particle '을'

-을 after time duration usually gives a sense that this time duration is a fresh topic that is being brought up. I don't consider this -을 to be object marker. For instance, if someone asked you about ...
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When to use 은/는 or 이/가 after subject

이/가 is used to "mark" the subject (preceding 가) that you're attempting to direct a little more attention to. Often omitted. 은/는 is a "stronger" marker, I would say. It can be used to direct your ...
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When to use 은/는 or 이/가 after subject

The subject marker 이/가 is for new information or focusing on subject. The topic marker 은/는 is an auxiliary particle 보조사 and can replace 주격조사 이, 가. It is for old information, contrast/comparison or ...
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산 중에 제일 높은 산은 백두산이고 가장 아름다운 산은 금강산입니다. The "이고" works as usual?

이고 in your sentence just means 'and'. Translated: Among mountains, the highest mountain is 백두산, and the most beautiful mountain is 금강산. The 이고 in the sentence comes from 이다 (to be) + ~고 (and, ...
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Question About Using (으)면 When No Uncertainty Exists

Case with uncertainty: 한국이 오늘 축구경기에서 브라질 이기면 내가 점심 살게. If Korea beats Brazil in today's soccer match, I'll buy you lunch. 이 카드가 하트A면 로열스트레이트플러시야! If this card is ace of hearts, then I'm royal ...
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