verb/adj든지/ -거나 / 든지 말든지/ 거나 말거나

verb/adj+든(지) / 거나
noun(이)든(지) / 거나

v/a+든지 말든지/거나 말거나

거나 expresses ‘choice’ or ‘either A or B’. For example,
일요일에 영화를 보거나 게임을 해요. I watch movies or play games on Sunday.
Q: 내일 뭐 할까요? / A: 차 마시거나 책 읽는 게 어때요?

든지 also means ‘or’ but it is used more like “It doesn’t matter if I choose A or B” or “I don’t care either A or B”. It usually comes with 상관없다 or 마음대로 하다, which mean ‘it doesn’t matter’ or ‘I don’t care’. It is often used as -든지 말든지 which means ‘whether do or not’. For example,

일이 없으면 저는 영화를 보든지 잠을 자든지 해요. If I don’t work, either I watch movies or sleep.
집에서 놀든지 밖에 나가든지 너 하고 싶은 대로 해. Do whatever you want do either playing at home or going out.
밥이(지) 빵이(지) 아무거나 주세요. Please give me anything, I don’t care if that is rice or bread.

든지 말든지(가거나 말거나) 상관없어요. I don’t care if you go or not. (=가든 말든)
든지 말든지(먹거나 말거나) 마음대로 하세요. Either eat or not, do whatever you want to do.
든지 말든지(하거나 말거나)…. whether do or not ( I don’t care)

As you can see above, sometimes we omit -지 and use it as -든 -든. And also we use ‘말다’ with 거나 or 든지 as –거나 말거나 / –든지 말든지, it means ‘it doesn’t matter whether a or not.’

** Some Koreans say/write this as ‘-던지’ but ‘던지‘ is wrong.


#든지 #든 #던지 #a or b #either #든지 말든지 #거나 #거나 말거나

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