Level 4 Lesson 27 / I think … (+ future tense) / -(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ/ㄴ 것 같다, 한 것 같다, 할 것 같다


안녕하세요! In our previous lessons, we have learned how to make noun groups in various tenses. In this lesson, we are going to look at how to say “I think” or “it looks like” in Korean using those noun groups, including the future tense. We talked about this in Level 3 Lesson 9 regarding the present tense, so if you want to go review, please click here.

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Level 4 Lesson 27 / I think … (+ future tense) / -(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ/ㄴ 것 같다, 한 것 같다, 할 것 같다
  • Ari

    Why is it spelled 좋은 instead of 좋는? Isn’t 좋은 the past tense form?? Same with 뭐인, why not 뭐이는 if it’s present tense?

    • Declan Mayer

      They are adjectives and follow the -(으)ㄴ form.

  • Alexx

    I’m a little bit confused on how to conjugate “이다” using this form. Is it considered an adjective? Meaning that “는” can not be used on it? And if that is so, how do you differentiate between past and present tense with “이다”?

    내가 오늘 서명한 신청이는 것 같아. = I think this is the application I signed today.

    Is this correct? 감사합니다 !

  • César Duarte

    밥 말리 더 멋은 것 같아요.

  • Jon Doe

    None of your links are working here….pleasE fix!

  • Kirstie M

    Hello. I’m a bit confused. I would like to title a section on my blog using the translation of “what I think” in hangul because it’s a section about Kpop MV reviews. Which tense would be correct?

  • 향기

    다 공부한 것 같았어요….ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Stevie boy

    좀 도와 주세요 ~_~ 고맙습니다.

    1. 코 아직 자라는 것 같아요.
    2a. 주말에 더 좋은 것 같아요.
    2b. 주말이 더 좋은 때 같아요.
    3. 너무 바빠도 거의 맨날 공부해야 되는 것 같아요.
    4. 시간 별로 없어서 아무데나 가야 되는 것 같아요.
    5. 한국어로 말할수록 빨리 배울 것 같아요.
    6. 항상 숙제하는데 선생님들 사이에서 인기가 훨씬 많은 것 같아요.
    7. 그 시험은 4 덜 받을 리가 없는 것 같았어요.
    8. 시합 전에 테니스를 연습해 보면 수업 끝난 뒤에 공원에 직접 가야 되는 것 같아요.
    9. 이러면 안 되는 것 같아요.

    많은 이상해죠? ㅠㅠ

  • Matt

    저는 레슨을 유용할 것 같아요. = I think this lesson will be useful.
    저는 도착하고 밤늦은 것 같아요. = I think they arrived late at night.
    저는 뒤뜰에 강아지들 놀는 것 같아요. = I think the puppies are playing in the backyard.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) I think i’m going to watch TV all day.
    – 제가 하루 종일 텔레비전을 볼 것 같은대요

    2) I think he’s going to be famous.
    – 그 사람은 유명할 것 같아요

    3)I think i’ve seen this earlier.
    – 이거 아까 본 것 같은대요

    4) I think mom is going to be angry.
    – 엄마가 성난할 것 같아요

    In the first sentence, 하루 종일 doesn’t seem right. Usually, it means everyday. But what I need is “the whole day”. 아무나 도와줄 수 있어요? 감사합니다!

    • metal_samurai

      하루 종일 does mean the whole day or all day, so that’s fine. every day would be 매일.

  • Anna Levesque

    지금, 한국어를 공부한 다음에, 침대로 갈 것 같아요.


  • lemontumblr

    can you say “내일 비가 아마 올것 같아요” or is it weird to use 아마 if you already are saying “…같아요?”

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is not weird to say so. You did a good job. Naturally, we put 아마 before 비가.
      내일 아마 비가 올 것 같아요. Like this.

  • Kamil Demočko

    Hi, I’d like to ask a question, I was writing a sentence: 지금 밸런타인 닐이 있어서 사랑을 다 주고 싶는 것 같아요. (Since it’s Valentine’s day I think I want to give all my love out. /at this moment/)– But i’ve been corrected it should be ~싶은 것 같아요. I would understand 싶을 같아요, as to “i will give”.. but why the past tense?

  • Deepest Nightmare

    누가 한 것 알아도 말 안 할 것 같아요…
    Even though he knows who did it, I don’t think he’ll tell me.(I think he won’t tell me)

    이 컴백 좋을 것 같아요.
    I think this comeback will be good.

    오늘은 좋는 것 같아요.
    I think today is a good day.

    죽을 것 같아요.
    I think they’ll kill me.

    맞아요? ><

  • Klaudia

    So how would you say “I think that X and Y are similar”?
    저는 X 하고 y 비슷하 것 같아요

    • KyungHwa Sun

      You can say 저는 X하고 Y가 비슷한 것 같아요.

  • Angela Capellan

    난 비 내릴 것 같았어서 집에 있었어요. I thinked that will rain, so I stayed in home

  • Sónia Alves

    Help, I’m confused…이거 뭐인 것 같아요? [i-geo mwo-in geot ga-ta-yo?]
    = What do you think this is?
    But isn’t this in the past tense?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Alvina Lin

      YEAH, it’s confusing me too.
      how do I say “What do you think that was?”
      Is it the same as” 이거 뭐인 것 같아요?” ?

    • no if it’s in the past you say 이게 뭐인 것 같아았어요 ?
      read comment above

    • i think he did it = 한 것 같아요
      i thought he done it = 한 것 같아았어요

  • 고마워

  • 야신

    저 사람은 지금 한국어하고 일본어를 배우는 것 같아요. (I think he is learning Korean and Japanese right now).

    저는 어제 스포츠카를 산 것 같았어요. 그런데 안 했어요. (I thought i bought a sports car yesterday. But i didn’t).

    제 짐은 오늘 호텔에 도착할 것 같아요. (I think my luggage will arrive at the hotel today).

  • Harvey Rivas Potot

    – 내일 비가 안 오고 날씨가 맑으면 편의점에 밥을 먹으러 갈 것 같아요.
    – 엄마가 지금 요리를 만드는 것 같아요. 좋은 냄새가 나서요.
    – 형민씨는 여자한테 벌써 고백한 것 같아요.

  • Ray Flaherty

    Please do lesson 3.9 before this lesson, because there is an omission here. They didn’t distinguish between descriptive and action verbs. Descriptive verbs use -(으)ㄴ 것 for past tense, not -는 것. The sample sentences are all correct, but they are going to confuse people who don’t know this fact.

    • 현미

      Actually, past tense action verbs and present tense descriptive verbs both use -(으)ㄴ 것 같아요.
      곤부한 것 같아요. = I think he studied.
      슬픈 것 같아요. = I think he is sad.

  • 이상민

    Question: for sample sentence 3 (이거 뭐인 것 같아요?).. does that mean for nouns you need to add (-인 는 것) after the noun?

    also would “이거 뭐 같아요?” have the same meaning?


    • Nermine Mohamed

      I can explain the part 인.. its verb 이다 to be which is a descriptive verb so we add ㄴ after the stem so it becomes 인.
      이거 뭐인 것같아요 what do you think this ” is”? .

  • Brianna Sanders

    I think she’s learning English and Japanese right now{그녀는 지금 영어와 일본어를 배우고 있는 것 같아.}.

  • Ailyn Soria

    A탬이 B탬보다 훨씬 멋있는 것 같아요

  • 현미

    지난 학기 수업에서 공부한 문법이 제일 힘든 것 같아요.
    I think this was the hardest grammar lesson that I studied in class last semester. :0

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    어젯밤 본 밴드는 정말 재미있었어요 = The band I saw yesterday were very good.
    먹은 으식은 너무 맛있었어요 = The food I ate was very delicious. The meal was so delicous
    먹은 것은 너무 맛있었어요 = That thing that I ate was very delicious / It was very/so delicous

  • dizkizpiz

    1) 확실하지 않아요, 그런대 적이도 세 명 올 것 같아요. Im not sure but I think at least 3 people will come.
    2) 인터넷은 작동하지 않는데 종업원이 집에 다 간 것 같아요. The internet didnt work so I think the staff all went home.
    3) 제가 시함에서 잘하는 가 같아요, 근데 점수를 받은 다음에, 전 못 이야기하고 부모님을 안 알려요. I think I did well at my test, but after receiving the score I didnt want to talk or let my parent know.

  • Yuki

    비가 왔는데 계속 비가 올것 같아요
    만약 내가 계속 공부한다면 내 한국어 실력이 훨씬 거 같아요 하지만 점점 더 힘들어 지고 있어

    나: 열쇠는 어디야?
    가: 어~ 잃어버린 것 같아요
    나: 뭐!!! 진짜!!!?
    가: 농담이에요 자 여기 있어요

    케이크하고 차를 먹을 거 같은데 햄버거가 먹어 싶어요… 어차피 맛있는 케이크를 좋아서 난 오늘 하루가 행복할 것 같아

  • Sneaky15

    Anyone remember when there were ‘mystery’ sentences at the end of every lesson? Anybody?

  • Dae

    1) 왔어서 우리 엄마가 보는 것 같아요 – I am here and I think I see your mother.
    2) 요즘 바쁜데 시간이 있으면 할 것 같아요 – I am busy these days so if I have time I will do it.
    3) 어제 영화관에 갔었는데, 이상한 전 남자 친구와 예쁜 여자 본 것 같아.- I went to the movie theater yesterday and I think I saw your weird ex boyfriend with a pretty women.

  • Jireh Torres

    What’s the difference between this lesson and Level 3 Lesson 9?

    • Jenifer

      I’m banging my head over the same doubt :'(

  • Hoang Nguyen Huu

    1. 이 이름은 듣은 것 같아요
    2. 음약을 듣은 것 좋아하는 것 같아요
    3. 보모님 말씀 잘 듣는 것 같아요
    4. 이 식당 좋아하는 것 같아요