3. Basic Korean Grammar


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3. S+O+V

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Hello ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thank you for posting and you’re very welcome! :smile:
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any other questions along the way.

Sincerely,
Lyn
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avatar ʻAnalū Kalaka

린 선생님 안녕하세요! (Hello Lyn!)

What a long detailed response! I read through and understand what you have written. Thank you very much for all the time you spent answering me back! I truly appreciate it. Also, since it wasn’t a direct email to me, anyone else can hopefully use that information for themselves in the future!

가르쳐 주셔서 고맙습니다. (Thanks for the help.)

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Hi ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thanks for posting. To take a look at what you wrote:

I met friends yesterday.
어제 친구를 만났어요.
어제 친그들을 만났어요.
–>어제 친구들을 만났어요.

However, in Korean, most nouns have a general number(by default), meaning that they can be used as both singular or plural. Meaning you don’t need to add ‘들’to make the plural form, you would use it as is, or if you want to specify the amount, use the correct counters for the nouns afterward. Some nouns like these include:
책, 자동차, 꽃, 나무, 신발, 양말

So to take what you wrote:

I bought books yesterday.
어제 책을 샀어요.

and if you want to make the quantity more specific:

—>I bought three books yesterday.
어제 책을 세 권 샀어요. (권 is the counter for books)

–>I met friends yesterday.
어제 친구들을 만났어요.

–>I met several friends yesterday:
–>어제 친구 여러 명을 만났어요. (여러=several 명=counter for people)

Another example:

I have three cars.
차를 세 대 갖고 있어요. (대 is the counter for cars)

Hope this was of help. Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.
Best,
Lyn
Team KoreanClass101.com

avatar ʻAnalū Kalaka

안녕하세요!

In today’s lesson we are presented with how to form the plural using -들. Could you please give us a little more insight on the usage of -들. I don’t see it at all as often as I do in English and so I am never really sure when I should or shouldn’t use it. Perhaps it is used for stressing the plural form in Korean whereas in English we must make a distinction between singular and plural at all times.

Do these translations sound natural?
I met friends yesterday.
어제 친구를 만났어요.
어제 친그들을 만났어요.

I bought books yesterday.
어제 책을 샀어요.
어제 책들을 샀어요.

고맙습니다.

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Hi Priya, Colin and Ben,

Thanks for posting. Priya, if you have a free account, you get access to all new lessons and the first three lessons per series. To access more, you will need to upgrade your account.
If this is not the case (and you have paid subscription), could you let us know so we can provide you with a solution?

Best,
Lyn
Team KoreanClass101.com

avatar Colin

Priya,
Your reply to my comment seems to suggest that you ostensibly have a paid subscription. If not, then as previously mentioned you may have experienced being able to view lesson notes in the past because you accessed a series or part of a series that had full non-subscriber access. But these are limited to certain newbie lessons as far as I’m aware. Wait for a sale. A subscription is worth it. I’ve had mine for about six years now

avatar Ben

Priya,
If you don’t have a paid subscription, I’m pretty sure you don’t have access to any of the notes.

avatar Priya

Colin,

For all the lessons I’m facing the same issue.

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Priya,
Don’t quote me on this but I think this means that only the first two lessons have free notes and you require a subscription for the others.

avatar Priya

Hi,

I’m not able to open the Lesson notes. When I click on that, it takes me to the home page.