Level 1 Lesson 23 / Who? / 누구?

안녕하세요! In this lesson, we are having a look at the word 누구 [nu-gu], which means “who” or “whom”, and how it is changed when used with the subject marking particle 가 [ga]. Listen in to find out how it changes and also to look at some useful sample sentences using the word 누구. If you have any questions, please feel free, as always, to leave us a comment! 감사합니다.

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Level 1 Lesson 23 / Who? / 누구?
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  • Esther Sun

    누가 여기 방탄소년단을 좋아해요?

    • 유나은


    • li

      나!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • Chess8Ko

    Who is it ?
    Who is Marc ?
    누가 Marc 예요?
    Who did it ?
    Who called ?
    누가 전화을 했어요?
    This is who?
    그거 누구예요?
    Who came yesterday?
    어제 누가 왔어요?
    Who made that ?
    그거 누가 만들었어요?
    Who bought it ?
    누가 샀어요?
    Who wants to play?
    누가 놀고싶어요?
    Who is hungry?
    누가 배곺아요?

    • Yusra Mj

      Who called ?
      누가 전화을 했어요?

      though in the pdf its written :
      누가 전화했어요?

    • Yusra Mj

      I still have problem with the subject/object and topic marking particles so.. if you can explain why you added 을 to your sentence, please ?

    • Roya

      to me 을 is wrong. First, 전화 ends with a vowel so it wouldn’t go with 을 but with 를. Anyways I would just leave it out and trust the pdf, I guess? I THINK you could use 를 (OBJECT marking particle) at this point too… but I am not sure so we better trust the pdf

  • 유나은

    누가 놀고 싶어요?
    내일 누가 정소하고 싶어요?
    누가 샀어요?

    any corrections welcome ^O^

  • 유나은

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m going to try and explain the use 누구 and 누가 in the four examples from the textbook. (or at least my perspective on it)

    어제 누가 왔어요?
    Who came yesterday?

    The subject marking particle “가” is used because the main subject of the sentence is “who.”
    The sentence meaning: WHO came yesterday?

    그가 누가 만들었어요?
    Who made that?

    Again, the main subject of the sentence is “who” therefore the subject marking particle “가” is used.
    The emphasis of the sentence is on whoever made the item.
    The sentence meaning: WHO made that?

    이거 누구예요?
    Who is this?

    Okay, so here the main focus/main subject of the sentence is “this (이거)”
    “이거 (this)” is then described by/followed by “누구예요 (is who/who is)”…therefore it would be incorrect to use the subject marking particle 가 with 누구 because it is not the main subject.

    Sentence meaning: “Who is THIS?”

    어제 누구 만났어요?
    Who did you meet yesterday?

    Okay so this is where we have an invisible main subject (which is “you”). The question is addressing “you” and who YOU met yesterday. Therefore because the main subject isn’t 누구 but rather it is “you,” you do not put the subject marking particle on 누구.

    Sentence meaning: “Who did YOU meet yesterday?”

    Thanks for reading and feel free to add any insight!! 감사합니다!!

  • María Paz

    누가 사과를 먹었어요?

  • Hugh Lugg

    이 누가 청소했어요? – Who cleaned this?

    Is this correct?

  • Sara

    그 누가 말했어요?

  • Kezza

    누가 공보했어요? – who studied?
    누가 학국 에 가고싶어요? – who wants to got to Korea?
    이그 마자요?
    네가 마자요?

  • Nabil All

    누가 나를 싫어해요?

  • LS

    이거 노래 누가 노래해요?

  • what about 누구냐 ?

  • Moka

    누가 일어났어요?
    누가 바쁘었어요?
    누가 카페에 갔어요?
    누가 영화관 갔어요?
    누가 그 소주가 마시었어요?
    Is it correct? 🙂

    • rach loves rapmon

      the last one is incorrect, you used the -ga particle after soju, but when you did that, you made the soju the subject! you should have used the -reul particle instead to make it the object.

  • Jezi

    How do I say, “Who is coming?”
    I think I have an idea but I’m not sure if it is correct also I can’t type in Korean. :/ Please help.

    • li

      “누가 와요?” I guess.

  • ButlerOnIce

    Im still confused ㅠㅠ when do you use 노고 and when do you use 누가 can someone give me an example??

    • Min Hells

      You use 누가 whenever the one you are asking about is the one doing something or being something. For example if you want to ask “who laughed?” the “who” is the subject of the sentence as “who” is the one who laughed. But when you ask “who is it?”, “who” is not the subject of the sentence, it’s just a noun. Another example using 누가 could be “who is tired?”. “who” is the subject of the sentence, as it is “who” That is tired. I think we could replace “who” by a name and if it made sense, Like an answer then it would be 누가. For example “Julia laughed” or “Julia is tired” would make sense, while “Julia is it” wouldn’t.

    • Marion Solis

      But “Julia is it?” Can be edit and make sense for example “Momo, is (it)/(that) your (something)”

  • MadChil

    구가 김밥 먹었어요?
    최경은 씨 먹었아요 😀
    이거 누구여요?
    누가 따라오세요?
    살인 따라오세요.

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    • Lan Vi Nguyễn

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    • Luckylumi

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  • li

    그 여자가 누구예요? (Who is that girl?)
    NCT 127의 누가 막내예요? (Who is NCT 127’s youngest member?)

    I really want to know if my second sentence is correct, if somebody would find a mistake, please correct it. Thank you! c:

    • mia

      Your 2nd sentence is really close but it would be
      NCT 127의 막내가 누구예요?
      This is because you’re asking “who is” not “maknae is”. (:

    • li

      Ooh, right. I had to attach 막내 to 있다. That makes sense. 감사합니다! c:

  • mia

    거의요 ~
    “누가 한국어를 공부해요?” 맞아요 (:

    • Chelo Cervantes

      감사합니다 🙂

  • carls charles

    Can you use “누구예요?” when someone you don’t know texts you are do you use something else?

  • Genesis Martin

    At the beginning, when Kyungeun says “독독독”, is Hyunwoo saying “누구세요” in response? (I am aware that he is saying “who is it?” but did I write it correctly in Korean????) PLEASE ANSWER . . .

    • Ivis Benavides

      yep that’s correct