Level 1 Lesson 24 / Why? How? / 왜? 어떻게?

안녕하세요 여러분! In this lesson, we are going to have a look at the interrogatives “why” “how” and also how to say things like “how much” “how fast” “how quickly” and so on. You can also review how to say “what” “who” and “where” in this lesson. Be sure to try making your own sample expressions and share them with us in the comment box! And if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! Thank you! 감사합니다.

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Level 1 Lesson 24 / Why? How? / 왜? 어떻게?
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  • conny

    hi!!! i have a doubt! 🙁 jajajaaj
    why is 무겁다 conjugated 무거워요?
    it shouldn’t be conjugated 무거요?
    sorry if my question is too silly xD

    • Jordan Crowley

      It’s the ㅂ irregular. When a verb stem ends in a ㅂ, the rule is that the ㅂ changes to 우 when adding a vowel. 우 then gets added to the next syllable in the conjugated word.

    • Marlou Reyes

      If it ends with a batchim ㅂit is conjugated as 워. Another example is 맵다(spicy).
      Conjugated as 매워요.

    • mxc9219

      무섭다 > 무서워요

    • 도미니카

      I was wondering about the same thing !

  • 도미니카

    You two are so cute I love your friendship ^^

  • ria

    how much is it?
    얼마예요?
    how much did you buy?
    얼마나 샀이예요?
    how fast is it?
    얼마나 빠르요?
    how fast is this car?
    얼마나 빠르요 차이에요? or 얼마나 이차 빠르요?

    • Esther Kim

      how much is it?
      얼마예요?
      how much did you buy?
      얼마나 샀이예요? -> 얼마나 샀어요?
      how fast is it?
      얼마나 빠르요? -> 얼마나 빨라요?
      how fast is this car?
      얼마나 빠르요 차이에요? or 얼마나 이차 빠르요? -> 이차 얼마나 빨라요?

  • chere nicholas

    What are some of the other uses for 어떻게? In dramas, it sounds like they use it to mean things like “I don’t know” or out of frustration?

    • mxc9219

      I think it means “What to do” or “what can I do?” rather than don’t know. Don’t know verb is 모르다.

  • Harsh

    Why is 무겁다 not conjugated to 무거어요 ??

    • Edwin Pujols

      When the stem ends in ㅂ, verbs/adjectives usually have this irregular conjugation:

      무겁다 ↦↦ 무거우 + 어요 ↦↦ 무거워요
      춥다 ↦↦ 추우 + 어요 ↦↦ 추워요
      어렵다 ↦↦ 어려우 + 어요 ↦↦ 어려워요

      So you drop the ㅂ and append a 우 to the end. From there is business as usual. Not all have this conjugation, 입다 conjugates to 입어요 for example.

  • mxc9219

    얼마예요 sounds like 얼마에요 rather than 얼마YE요. Am I right?

  • Florence

    I am confused. Why is 찾다 conjugated as 찾았요? Why is it not conjugated as 찾었요? 찾다 ends in a non vowel right? Please help me!

    • Faith Chow

      I’m no expert but I think it is because you add 았어요 to words that have the 아and 어 vowels. Whereas for any other vowels you will add 었어요.
      Check the last syllable of the noun/verb that has a vowel.
      Anyway you should check the lessons on Present Tense and Past Tense

    • Michael Duguay

      Right! Except it’s the 아 and 오, not 어.

    • Faith Chow

      Oh yes you’re right. I made a typo there , thankss 🙂

  • Jonaye

    오떻게 알라요?
    How do you know?
    왜 했어요?
    Why did you do it?
    이거 책을 얼마예요?
    How much is this book?

  • Jim Awofadeju

    왜 김치를 안먹어요?
    Why don’t you eat kimchi?

    모자 얼마예요?
    How much is the hat/cap?

    이방은 얼마나 커요?
    How big is this room?

    어떻게 만들었어요?
    How did you make it?

  • Camila Erazo

    I have a question. The adjectives like 크다 ( big) or 무겁다 (heavy) need to be conjugated like verbs? In the same way? How can I conjugate the adjectives to use them into the sentences?