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Do you know the counter for flowers? Find out at the end of this video!
Hi everybody! I'm Alisha.
안녕하세요. 노경진입니다.
Welcome to Korean Counters for Beginners, where you'll learn how to count all sorts of different objects in Korean! Noh Seonsaengnim (노 선생님), what counter will we learn in this lesson?
그루 (geuru)
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with the counter.
When you count trees, you can use the counter...
그루 (geuru)
This word literally means "stump" in Korean. This can be also used when counting trees, but not other plants such as flowers or grass.
Okay, let's count from 1 to 10 with this counter.
한 그루
두 그루
세 그루
네 그루
다섯 그루
여섯 그루
일곱 그루
여덟 그루
아홉 그루
열 그루
When you're counting the numbers 5 to 10, which have batchim, the sound of the first syllable of this counter will be pronounced differently.
daseot kkeuru(다섯 끄루) not daseot geuru(다섯 그루)
yeoseot kkeuru(여섯 끄루) not yeoseot geuru(여섯 그루)
ilgop kkeuru(일곱 끄루) not ilgop geuru (일곱 그루)
yedeol kkeuru(여덜 끄루) not yedeol geuru (여덜 그루)
ahop kkeuru(아홉 끄루) not ahop geuru (아홉 그루)
yeol kkeuru(열 끄루) not yeol geuru (열 그루)
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences using this counter. Listen carefully to what sorts of objects can be counted with this counter.
이 공원에는 나무가 백 오십 그루가 있습니다.
There are 150 trees in this park.
정원에 나무를 한 그루 심었습니다.
I planted 1 tree in the front yard.
학교 운동장에는 나무가 한 그루도 없습니다.
There are no trees at all in the school playground.
Now it's time for a quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Answer the question in Korean. Are you ready? Make sure to use the right counter.
How many trees are there in this park?
이 공원에는 나무가 여덟 그루 있습니다.
How many trees did you plant?
저는 나무를 다섯 그루 심었습니다.
Do you know the counter for flowers? The answer is...
송이
This counter can be used only when counting flowers. Noh Seonsaengnim (노선생님) will give you an example.
이 공원에는 나무 다섯 그루와 꽃 두 송이가 있습니다.
There are 5 trees and 2 flowers in this park.
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson. We'll see you next time!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Can you make a sentence using this counter?

KoreanClass101.com Verified
Tuesday at 12:20 AM
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Hello Nettie,


Thank you for posting. '에' and '에서' are both location particles, but '에' shows you where you are at, where things are at, or indicates the destination of an action, whereas '에서' is usually used to indicate where an action takes place, or to point out the starting point of an action. So in case of your sample sentence:

“ 정원에 나무를 한 그루 심었습니다.”, it is the destination of where the tree was planted(action), which is why '에' was used.


I hope this made sense!

Cheers,

Lyn

Team KoreanClass101.com

Nettie
Friday at 03:24 PM
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Hello teacher,

“ 정원에 나무를 한 그루 심었습니다.”

Why do we use 에 and not 에서 in this sentence as 심다 is an action verb ?

Thank you