(으)ㄴ/는 척하다 pretend to

verb+는 척하다(present)
verb+(으)ㄴ 척하다(past)
adj+(으)ㄴ 척하다

-(으)ㄴ/는 척하다 is attached to a verb, it means ‘to pretend” or “act like(fake)”. For example,
자는 척하지 마. Don’t act like you are sleeping.
너 괜히 아픈 척하는 거지? You are pretending to be sick, right?
다 알면서 모르는 척하고 있어요. (she/he) is pretending not to know, even though (she/he) knows everything.
먹었으면서 안 먹은 척하고 있네. You are acting like you didn’t eat even though you ate.
나 안 좋아하면서 그 동안 좋아하는 척한 거였어? Did you pretend to like me even though you didn’t like me?
곰을 만났을 때 죽은 척하고 있으면 안 돼요. You shouldn’t pretend to be dead when you see a bear.

As you can see, (으)ㄴ 척하다 often comes with (으)면서 because (으)면서 means ‘have two opposite actions/situations at the same time”. If you want to learn more about (으)면서, please click here.

-를 위하다 / -기 위하다

-를 위한, -를 위해서, -기 위한, -기 위해서

위하다 means ‘for’ or ‘in order to’. It can take an object or a noun clause. When it takes an object, it is ‘-을/를 위하다’ and when it takes an noun clause, it is ‘-기(를) 위하다’.

When 위하다 modifies a noun, we use 위한 or 위하는. For example, -를 위한, -기(를) 위한. When 위하다 modifies a verb, we use as 위하여 or 위해(서).

noun위한 + noun
noun 위해서 + verb
verb(를) 위한 + noun
verb(를) 위해서 + verb = verb(으)려고 + verb (click here to learn 으려고)

For example,
너를 위한 기도 pray for you
너를 위해서 나는 내 삶을 버렸어. I gave up my life for you.
집을 사기 위해서 열심히 돈을 벌었어요. I worked hard to buy a house.
컴퓨터 엔지니어가 되기 위해 컴퓨터 공학을 공부하려고 합니다. I am going to study computer science to become an computer engineer.

위해서라면

You probably heard 위해서라면 in K-songs a lot.
-(이)라면 means ‘if’, thus 위해서라면 means ‘if it is for (someone)’. For example,

널 위해서라면 난 슬퍼도 강한 척할 수가 있었어. For you(If it is for you), I could pretend to be strong even though I was sad. (Fake Love by BTS)
나라를 지키기 위해서라면 제 목숨까지 바치겠습니다. If it is for protecting our country, I can devote my life.



-은/는 comparison/emphasize

I think you already know about 은/는 as topic particle or comparison particle. If you haven’t learned 은/는 topic particle, please click here and learn more.

-은/는 are also used as ’emphasize’ a noun, an adverb or an ending. For example,
내 이름을 보고 그냥 가 버렸어요. (Someone) looked at my name, and then just left.
바빠도 밥 먹어야지요. Even if you are very busy, you should eat food.
한테도 잘못 있어. It is also your fault too.
사랑 따위 없어. There is no such thing, love.
그렇게 빨리 못 가. I can’t go that fast.
너무 멀리 가지 마. Don’t go too far.
너무 힘들어 하지 마. Don’t be too hard.

And -은/는 also often come with partial negation such as 모두/다/항상 + -지는 않다, 지는 못하다, ㄹ 수는 있다/없다, 것은-아니다. For example,
돈이 많다고 해서 모든 사람이 행복한 것 아니다. Not every one is happy even if they are rich.
내가 그것까지 해 줄 수 없어. That is the final straw. (I can do anything but not that one)
그것이 좋은 결과를 가져 오지 않았다. That didn’t bring a good result.
돈이 모든 일을 해결해 주지 않아. Not everything you can solve with money.


Particle -(이)나

Noun(vowel)+이나
Noun(consonant)+나

In this post, we are talking about (이)나, (이)나 is very common particle that comes on TOPIK. Let’s find out!


1. ‘choice’ , ‘A or B’.
주스를 주세요. Please give me tea or juice.
중국이나 미국에 갈 거예요. I am going to China or U.S.
경제학이나 경영학을 공부하고 싶어요. I want to study economics or business.

2. The previous noun is not the best choice or my favorite, but I still choose it.
밥은 없는데 그냥 이거 먹어. We don’t have rice, just eat this. (this is not the best choice, but I still give it to you.)
할 일도 없는데 영화 보지요. 뭐. I don’t have things to do, well, let’s watch a movie. (movie is not the best choice, but it is okay. )
밥이나 먹자. Let’s eat. (Eating is not my favorite thing to do now, but let’s do it.)

3. 이나 is attached 몇, 며칠, 얼마, it expresses “to ask/guess the number/amount” (Most cases you can omit 이나, because there is already a question word.)
사람이 몇 명이나 모였어요? How many people were there?
상하이를 여행하려면 며칠이나 걸려요? How many days does it take to travel Shanghai?
아이가 몇 살이나 됐어요? How old is the kid?

4. 이나 is attached to a number, it express that the number is more than the speaker expected.
어제 거기서 한 시간이나 기다렸어요. I waited for one hour over there yesterday. (one hour was very long time.)
비용이 백만 원이나 들어요? Does it cost one million Won? (one million Won is too much.)
** It is often compared with -밖에, please click here to learn the difference.

5. 이나 is attached to question words, 언제, 어디, 누구, 무엇, 아무, 아무 noun, it expresses ‘every’. We can translate as ‘—ever’
민수는 언제나 친절하게 사람을 대해요. Minsu always(whenever) treat people very friendly.
누구나(아무나) 들어올 수 있습니다. Anyone(Whoever) can come in.
무엇이나 물어보세요. Ask me anything(whatever).
공기는 어디에나 있어요. Air is everywhere(wherever).
아무 거나 다 잘 먹어요. I can eat any thing(whatever).

6. It doesn’t matter whether it is A or B.
지금이나 변한 게 별로 없네요. There is not much different before and now.
샌드위치 피자 다 괜찮아요. I am okay with sandwich or pizza, it doesn’t matter.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment in this post. 아무 질문이나 상관없어요! ^^

[Grammar]-(으)ㄹ 겸해서 in order to do A and B

(A(으)ㄹ 겸) B(으)ㄹ 겸해서 C하다

means doing C in order to do A and B.

For example,

옷도 살 겸 친구도 만날 겸해서 강남역에 갔다 왔어요. (I went to Gangnam station in order to see a friend and buy some clothes)

전시회도 볼 겸 영화도 볼 겸해서 종로에 갔는데 영화관에 사람이 너무 많아서 영화는 못 봤어요. (I went to Jongno in order to watch a movie and see an exhibit, but I could not see a movie becuase there were too many people at the theater.

A: 어머, 오빠. 이 시간에 회사에 웬일이야? (Hey, what brings you here to my office?)
B: 이 근처에 볼일이 있어서 왔다가 네 얼굴도 볼 겸 점심 도시락도 갖다 줄 겸해서 왔어. (I have something to do near here, I just (came to) want to see you and bring you a lunch box.)

친구 결혼식도 볼 겸 바다도 볼 겸해서 부산에 갔었어요. (I went to Busan to attend my friend’s wedding and to see the ocean.)

요리 연습도 할 겸 아이들도 먹일 겸해서 갈비찜을 만들어 봤어요. (I made Galbi stew in order to practice cooking and to feed my kids.)

 

 

-는 김에 with the opportunity of doing

A는 김에 B

means ‘doing B with the opportunity of doing A“, and it is often translated as ‘while’ or ‘since’ in English. -는 김에 is usually used with 가다/오다 verbs but not all the time.

The present tense conjugation is -는 김에 and the past tense is -(으)ㄴ 김에. For example,

부산에 가는 김에 부산에 사는 친구도 만날 거예요. (I am going to Busan, with this opportunity, I am going to meet a friend who lives in Busan.)

우체국에 가는 김에 이 편지도 좀 보내 주세요. (You are going to the post office, with the opportunity, please send this letter too.)

너 세탁소 가는 김에 내 옷도 좀 맡겨 주면 안 될까? (Since you are going to the laundry shop, could you please take mine too?)

부모님 선물 사는 김에 동생 것도 하나 주문하려고요. (Since I am buying a gift for my parents, I am also going to order one for my sister.)

명동에 온 김에 우리 쇼핑이나 하고 갈까요? (Since we are in Myoungdong, shall we go shopping too?)

이렇게 오신 김에 차라도 한 잔 하고 가세요. (Since you are already here, please have a cup of tea.)

 

너 새 신발 사는 김에 내 것도 하나 사 줘!!!!! (Since you are shopping, buy mine too!!!!)  ㅋㅋ

-은/는커녕 or -기는커녕 don’t even say –

“Noun은/는커녕 B(도) + negative situation”
“Verb기는커녕 + negative situation”

means ‘Don’t even mention A because it is far from —‘.

 

For example,

 

A: 만 원만 빌려 주세요.  Please lend me 10,000 Won.
B: 만 원은커녕 천 원 없어요. I don’t have 1,000 Won, let alone 10,000 Won.

A: 파티에서 맛있는 거 많이 드셨어요? Did you enjoy delicious food at the party?
B: 사람이 너무 많아서 음식은커녕 못 마셨어요. There are too many people, so I could not even drink water, let alone food.

A: 이번에 월급이 많이 올랐어요? Have your salary raised a lot this time?
B: 오르기는커녕 잘리지나 않으면 다행이에요. Far from raising, I will be lucky if they do not fire me.

A: 이번 파티에 사람이 한 백 명 넘게 오겠죠? Will there be more than 100 people this party?
B: 백 명은커녕 50명 안 올걸요. I don’t think there will be even 50 people, let alone 100.

A: 여행 재미있게 했어요?  Did you have fun on your trip?
B: 재미는커녕 여권을 도둑 맞아서 고생만 했어요. Far from having fun, I had difficult time because I had my passport stolen.

 

 

[Grammar] -ㄴ/는다면서(요)? -ㄴ/는다며?

-(ㄴ/는)다면서(요) / -(ㄴ/는)다며

expresses that you confirm something with the listener which you have heard from someone. In English, we can translate it as ‘I heard (or you said)  —–, right?’. It is used with indirect speech, if you haven’t learned ‘Indirect speech’, please click here to learn more about. And in plain speech, we can change it into 다며.

  • Present tense (statement)
  • verb(ending with consonants) + 는다면서(요)?
  • verb(ending with vowels) + ㄴ다면서(요)?
  • adjectives +다면서(요)?
  • nouns + (이)라면서(요)?
  • Past tense (statement)
  • verb/adjective + 았/었/였다면서(요)?
  • noun + 이었/였다면서(요)?
  • Future tense (statement)
  • verb/adjective + -(으)ㄹ 거라면서(요)?

For example,

가: 이번에 거기 눈이 많이 왔다면서요? I heard it snowed a lot there, right?
나: 네, 40센티나 왔어요. Yes, it snowed even 40 centimeters.

가: 저 다음 달에 한국에 가요. I am going to Korea next month.
나: 이번 달에 간다면서요? 일정이 바뀌었어요? I heard that you are going this month. / Didn’t you say that you are going there this month? Is your plan changed?

가: 저 핸드폰 바꿨어요. I bought my new cell phone.
나: 돈 없다면서요? 무슨 돈으로 샀어요? You said you don’t have money, where did you get money?

가: 민수 씨가 옛날에 변호사였다면서요? I heard Minsu was a lawyer before, am I right?
나: 네, 돈을 정말 많이 벌었는데 회사를 갑자기 그만 두었대요. Yes, I heard that he made a lot of money but suddenly he quit.

가: 그 회사가 망했다면서요? 진짜예요? I heard the company is bankrupt, is that real?
나: 그러게요. 저도 어제 들었어요. It is! I heard that yesterday.

가: 한국 사람들은 김치를 매일 먹는다면서요? I heard Koreans eat Kimchi every day, is that right?
나: 네, 저는 김치 없으면 밥 못 먹어요. You are right! I can’t eat a meal without Kimchi.

가: 어, 여기 웬일이에요? 오늘 바쁘다면서요. Oh, what brings you here? You said you are busy.
나: 아…네… 그게…. Uh….. yes……. that is…..

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[Grammar] -(으)면 좋겠다

-(으)면 좋겠다 means ‘to hope’, it is the same as -았/었/였으면 좋겠다.

다음 주에 비가 안 왔으면 좋겠어요.   I hope it will not rain next week.

내일 날씨가 따뜻했으면 좋겠어요.  I hope the weather will be warm tomorrow.

새 컴퓨터가 있었으면 좋겠어요. I hope I have a new computer.

돈이 많았으면 좋겠어요.  I hope I have a lot of money.

콘서트에 갈 수 있었으면 좋겠어요. I hope I can go to the concert.

크리스마스에 눈이 오면 좋겠어요.  I hope it will snow on Christmas.

엄마가 새 옷을 사 줬으면 좋겠어요. I hope my mom buys me new clothes.

우리 아들이 시험을 잘 보면 좋겠어요. I hope my son passes the test.

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[Grammar] -아/어/여 보이다 to look

adjective+아/어/여 보이다

 

means ‘(something/someone) looks’, to describe something or someone’s appearance.

For example,

아 보여요. (someone/something) looks good.

맛있어 보여요. (something) looks delicious.

피곤해 보여요. (someone) looks tired.

파 보여요. (someone) looks sick. (click here to learn 으 irregular verbs)

싸 보여요. (something) looks expensive. (click here to learn 으 irregular verbs)

워 보여요. (someone) looks cold. (click here to learn ㅂ irregular verbs)

라 보여요. (someone/something) looks different.  (click here to learn 르 irregular verbs)

 

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