Level 6 Lesson 16 / -겠- (suffix)


In this lesson, we are going to be taking a look at the suffix -겠-. This suffix is used a lot in everyday Korean, but is often confusing or not understood well by Korean language learners because of the various meanings it can take on. Listen to this lesson to gain a better understanding of -겠- and how to use it in a natural way!

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Level 6 Lesson 16 / -겠- (suffix)
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  • 로저


    ‘겠’라고 자주 들었지만 I don’t 겠 it at all, 하하.

    • jon

      Lol. Study more and then you’ll 겠 it.

    • nancy

      haha i love your play at word.
      ur korean is also pretty good. jealous XD.

  • Is this the same “겠” as used in “맛있겠다”?? (Looks delicious!!!)

    • 당연하죠 🙂

    • ABC

      Yes, it means “I think it’d taste delicious!”

      That is, after you see the food’s look, and thinks that it would be really tasty.

  • 보도

    자, 간단한 글을 쓰겠습니다…^^
    정말 재미있게 들었고 많이 배웠습니다!

    아, 경은씨, …

    ˜¨¨¯¯¨¨˜”ª¤. 생일 축하합니다! .¤ª”˜¨¨¯¯¨¨˜

  • Samier

    안녕하세요 티티믹~~

    1. 내일 갈 겠습니다.
    2. 지금 트스트를 시작하겠습니다.


    • ABC

      Your 2nd example is correct, except that u shld mean ‘테스트(test)’ instead – right?

      for your 1st example,
      is a little errotic:

      1. 내일 가 겠습니다.

      and not ‘갈’.

      because ‘갈’ itself is already contains a to-do meaning (any verb with an ending ‘-ㄹ’)

      So you should not repeat it, since you already expressed ur intention with ‘-겠습니다’.

    • justreal

      시험 is the meaning of exam or test

  • Courtney

    I am very happy to see this lesson! Thanks for making this lesson for us. This suffix has so many uses that it can be really confusing to Korean language learners like myself.

    Do you think you could do a lesson on the verb 되다? That verb has so many meanings and uses that I find myself not entirely sure when to use it.

    Thanks again.

  • KStills

    현우씨 쓰는 티셔츠는 정말 잘 어울리겠네요. 현우씨, 티셔츠를 어디에서 샀습니까? 온라인에서 살 수도 있습니까?

  • Lily

    Hi Teachers

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  • would you like to drink some coffee ?

    커피 마시시겠습니까 ?

    I’ll learn enthusiasticly

    열심히 공부하겠습니다

    it’s snowy outside , it must be cold

    밖에 눈이 와요 ,춥겠어요
    밖에 눈이 와, 춥겠다

    I’m so bored that i’m gonna die

    지루해 죽겠어요

  • hi teahcer,
    im confused with the future tense and how to use them ..what is the difference between 겠, 거에요 and 려고….can you give some example ?
    thank you

  • Yulika Kuzma


    In one book I read that when-겠어요 is used to express intention or will, the subject cannot be in the third person.But then there was an example(and it is ok):

    잠시 후에는 안준호 교수님께서 한국 경제에 대해 강의를 하시겠습니다. I’m confused…so 겠 can be used with third person or not? 정말 감사합니다!!

  • Yulika Kuzma


    In one book I read that when-겠어요 is used to express intention or will, the subject cannot be in the third person.But then there was an example(and it is ok):

    잠시 후에는 안준호 교수님께서 한국 경제에 대해 강의를 하시겠습니다. I’m confused…so 겠 can be used with third person or not? 정말 감사합니다!!

  • Winnie Zambo

    1.이 케이크 맛이있겠어요.

    2.프랑스와 스페인에 여행 멋이겠어요.

  • Jo A

    이 자연 재해 더 심해졌겠어요?
    Will the natural disaster worsen?

    이야기는 들었거든요. 화나다고 되겠어요?
    I have heard the story. Do you think I will be angry after that?

  • You should really use google translate it really work (>>>::::(((((( ^^^^^^^^^^)))) Actually your spelling is off 이 자연 재해 더 심해지겠어요? because 겠어요 ascertaining the future so you kind of made up a future. Also, where is the subject marker topic, or object thus you are saying the natural disaster, but you should understand that 가/이 personifies a noun thus you should use 가/이 because you are talking about the weather not a date, like today, tomorrow, or on such and such date. Also if you were to add 는 after 자연 재해 it would make it a person, thus it would become Natural Disaster. Remember 는 is a SUBJECT particle. So I can say you personified 이야기 with 는 thus you named the book story, 를, just to say the logic is twisted, because why are you asking someone if you should be mad at the story, when you heard the story already? So what you should say is “Since I heard the gossip about me should I be angry” 나에 대해서 잡담을 들었어서 화나야 해요? (literally this translates to “Get me angry? I heard the gossip about me.”

  • Eman

    친구들이 제주도에 여행할게요. 재미겠어요

  • 하오라

    진짜 돌겠네 ..!

  • Shy Unicorn ♡

    네 어머니, 무슨 말인지 다 잘 알겠어요. ^^

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) Do you want to study now?
    – 지금 공부하겠어요?

    2) I don’t know well, but would you like to have some coffee?
    – 잘 모르겠지만, 커피 마시겠어요?

    3) Would you like to come to movie with me?
    – 영화를 보기 외해 나랑 같이 가겠어요?

    4) I’m going to meet my teacher.
    -제 선생님을 만나겠어요

    5) I’m going to finish my homework.
    – 제 슥제를 다 킅나겠어요

    6) I’m going to tell everything to mom
    – 엄마한테 다 말 하겠어요

    7) I think she might not come.
    – 그녀는 오지 안겠어요

    8) It seems she might not graduate
    – 그녀는 졸업지 아 하겠어요

    9) I think she’s not that pretty
    – 그녀는 별료 안 예쁘겠어요

    Sentence 3’s sentence formation doesn’t seem legit, is it correct? If there are any other mistakes in my sentences, Please correct me. 감사합니다!!

    • 3) it’s not 외해 it’s 위해; and the sentence should me 나랑 같이 영화를 보러 갈래요? using 가겠어요 seems a little awkward.
      5) *끝나겠어요
      7) *오지 않겠어요
      9) *별로

  • Dania Freih

    1. 걱정하지 마세요. 모두 잘 하겠습니다.
    2. 이건 혼자 못 하겠어. 미안.
    3. 귀여워 죽겠어요.
    4. 아시겠어요?

  • Sofia Fadil

    Interesting lesson ! It’s very well explained ! thank you !

  • Matt

    [1] 음식을 드시겠습니까? = Would you like something to eat sir/ma’me?
    [2] 제가 서류들을 찾시겠습니다. = I will search for those documents sir/ma’ma.
    [3] 놀고 싶지 않겠어요. = I guess he doesn’t want to play.
    [4] 입 건조해 죽겠어. = My mouth is so dry.

    Thanks for the lesson.

  • 야씬

    제 친구는 요즘에 너무 바빠서 오늘도 시간이 없겠습니다. (My friend is very busy these days, so I guess he has no time today either.)

    이번 주에 비가 올거기 때문에 우산을 사겠습니다. (I will buy an umbrella because it will be raining this week.)

    옷을 입어 보시겠습니까? (Would you like to try on these clothes?)

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    맛있겠다 = It looks delicious
    위험하겠어요.= It sounds dangerous
    안전하겠습니다. It will be safe.. (i think)
    아주 어색하겠어요. It must be very awkward/ it will be very awkward.
    심심해 죽겠어요= (I’m) bored to death
    죄송합니다. 저는 지금부터 정말 조용하겠습니다 . =Sorry . I’ll be really quiet from now on.

  • Yuki

    만약 한국어를 잘 못하면 사람들이 당신에게 한국어로 말하면 당신 이해가 안돼면 그냥 ‘모르겠어요’ 말해요