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Object Markers in Korean

Object markers are used to mark the objects in sentences.

차 열쇠를 찾는데 잘 안 보이네.
I'm looking for my car key but I cannot find it.

As you're finding car key, car key is the object here. You should mark it with 를 in Korean.

As you well know, 를 is added after vowel-ended nouns like 사과를, 스포츠를, 잡지를. 을 is added after consonant-ended nouns like 수박을, 운동을, 신문을.

를 -> ㄹ in Conversational Korean

In conversational Korean, you can

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Skipping Subject Markers

One interesting feature of Korean language is that you can sometimes skip subject markers. If you do it well, you sound like native speakers. However, if you don't do well, you sound like a foreigner. In this episode, we'll learn when you should skip and should not skip subject markers.

When answering questions about people

In English, when we're asked about someone, we use pronouns like I, you, it, he, she a lot to answer. But in many cases

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Subject Markers

In this episode, we'll learn subject markers. Subject markers are used to tell which noun is the subject in the sentence.


이 and 가 are most widely used subject markers in Korean.

동생 친구들이 집에 놀러 왔다.
My younger sister's friends came to my home to play.

There are a few things that you should be careful:

First of all, when 이/가 is used with other markers. It is used in the back.

그것이만 전부가 아니다. (x)
그것만이 전부가 아니다. (o)

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Types of Markers

From today, we'll learn about 조사, or markers. Like prepositions for many English learners, markers are one of the hardest part in Korean language.

There are 3 types of markers: 격조사, 보조사, and 접속조사. 격조사 is used to show the grammatical role of the noun. Let's see some examples.

피자가 식탁 위에 있다.
A pizza is on the table.

In this case, -가 shows that pizza is the subject of the sentence.

가위로 피자를 잘랐다.
We cut the pizza

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Intention/Will 2 - Korean Aspects #6

We will end the aspect series with more expressions that show your intention.

-아/어 보다

보다 here doesn't mean to see. In this case, 보다 is to check the result after you tried something new.

이번에는 10분만 더 해 보자.
Let's do it 10 more minutes this time.

내일은 이걸 먹어 보는 게 어때?
How about eating this tomorrow?

-아/어 버리다

It is used when you finished an action. It is used when someone did it with a strong will or even anger.

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Intention/Will - Korean Aspects #5

In this episode we will learn how to talk about intentions. As there are many expressions about intention, we'll learn about them in 2 weeks.


-(으)려고 하다

It is used to talk about your goals, plans or intentions.

어제 아침에 가려고 했는데, 눈이 많이 와서 못 갔어.
I tried to go there in the yesterday morning, but I couldn't because of the big snow.

그냥 자려고 했는데, 전화가 왔더라고.
I just wanted to sleep, but the phone rang.

-(으)ㄹ까 보다


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