Level 6 Korean Grammar

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How about …? / ~ 어때요?

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What do you think about …? / 어떻게 생각하세요? / 어떤 것 같아요?

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One of the most … / 가장 ~ 중의 하나

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Do you mind if I …? / -아/어/여도 돼요?

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I’m in the middle of …-ing / -는 중이에요

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Word Builder Lesson 9 / -님

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One way or the other / 어차피

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I’m not sure if … / -(으/느)ㄴ지 잘 모르겠어요.

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While you are at it / -(으)ㄴ/는 김에

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Sentence Building Drill 6

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I mean… / 그러니까, 제 말 뜻은, -라고요, 말이에요

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What do you mean? What does that mean? / 무슨 말이에요?

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Word Builder 10 - 과(過)

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“/ (slash)” or“and” / -(으)ㄹ 겸

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The thing that is called, what they call … / -(이)라는 것

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Suffix -겠-

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let me tell you… / -거든(요)

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Either A or B, Or / -거나, -(이)나, 아니면

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To improve, to change, to increase / -아/어/여지다 Part 2

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Sentence Building Drill 7

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Passive Voice – Part 1

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Word Builder 11 / 무 (無)

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Passive Voice – Part 2

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I DID do it, I DO like it / -기는 하다

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Easy/difficult to + V / -기 쉽다/어렵다

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I thought I would …, I didn’t think you would … / -(으)ㄴ/ㄹ 줄 알다

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Can, to be able to, to know how to / -(으)ㄹ 수 있다, -(으)ㄹ 줄 알다

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It depends on … / -에 따라 달라요

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Sometimes I do this, sometimes I do that / 어떨 때는 -고, 어떨 때는 -아/어/여요

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Sentence Building Drill 8

How about …? / ~ 어때요?

Welcome to Level 6 of TalkToMeInKorean. From Level 6, we will be introducing more “sentence patterns” than in the previous lessons, as well as still introducing some new grammar points. In “grammar point” lessons, we start from a Korean grammar point and introduce how it is used, but in “sentence pattern” lessons, we will start from an English sentence pattern and explain how to say that in Korean.

In this lesson, let us take a look at how to say, “How about...?” in Korean. There are many ways to say this, but the most basic and common way is “어때요?”.


How about...?

Noun + 어때요? 


Ex)

사과 어때요?  = How about an apple?

커피 어때요? = How about some coffee?


Verb stem + -는 거 어때요?


Ex) 

먹다 + -는 거 어때요? → 먹는 거 어때요? = How about eating?

보다 + -는 거 어때요? → 보는 거 어때요? = How about watching?


어때요? comes from the verb 어떻다, which literally means “to be how”. Therefore when you want to say phrases such as “How about this one?”, “How about that one?”, “How about eating here?”, etc., you can use the verb, 어떻다.


When speaking with friends, you can use 반말 and drop the 요 at the end.

Ex) 

어때? = How is it?

이거 어때? = How about this?

커피 어때? = How about some coffee?


Examples with Nouns

1. 이거 어때요? = How about this?

2. 생일 선물로 카메라 어때요? = How about a camera as your/his/their birthday present?

3. 내일 어때요? = How about tomorrow?


Examples with Verbs

1. 다시 하는 거 어때요? = How about doing it again?

2. 다른 사람한테* 물어보는 거 어때요? = How about asking other people?

* If you want to say “to” other people, you have to add the particle, -한테. -한테 indicates that you are asking those people a question and not asking about those people.

Ex) 주연 씨한테 물어보는 거 어때요? = How about asking Jooyeon?

3. 안으로 들어가는 거 어때요? = How about going inside?


Sample Sentences

이거 싫어요? 이거(는) 어때요? = You don’t like this? How about this one?

* 이거 어때요? is the plain form. Therefore, you can add the topic marker “는” when you are comparing a number of items and have already asked the person “how about this one?”. 


내일 만나서 이야기하는 거 어때요? = How about meeting and talking about it tomorrow?


이렇게 하는 거 어때요? = How about doing it this way?

* You can say this when you want to make a suggestion while doing something or trying to solve a problem. It can almost be interchangeable with “I have an idea!”      

Word Contractions


When you want to make a verb into a noun, you add -는 거. The original form is -는 것. 

-는 거 + subject marker (이/가) → -는 것 + 이 → -는 것이 → -는 게 

-는 거 + topic marker (은/는) → -는 거 + 는 → -는 건


이렇게 하는 거 어때요? [ Neutral ] 

= How about doing it this way?


이렇게 하는 게 어때요? [ + Subject Marker ]

= How about doing it this way?

* The meaning is almost the same as the neutral sentence.


이렇게 하는 건 어때요? [ + Topic Marker ]

= (Since you aren’t too sure about the other ideas,) how about doing it THIS way (then)? 


If you want to ask in the past tense you can say

어땠어요? = How was it?

Welcome to Level 6 of TalkToMeInKorean. From Level 6, we will be introducing more “sentence patterns” than in the previous lessons, as well as still introducing some new grammar points. In “grammar point” lessons, we start from a Korean grammar point and introduce how it is used, but in “sentence pattern” lessons, we will start from an English sentence pattern and explain how to say that in Korean.
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