Level 7 Korean Grammar

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I see that …, I just realized that … / -(는)구나 / -(는)군요

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To pretend to + V / -(으/느)ㄴ 척하다/체하다

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To be doable/understandable/bearable / -(으)ㄹ 만하다

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Like + N / -같이, -처럼

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As much as / -((으)ㄹ) 만큼

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Word Builder 12 / 원 (院)

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Even if …, there is no use / -아/어/여 봤자

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I saw that ... so / -길래

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Because I was... / -느라고

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Sentence Building Drill 9

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Making Things Happen (Causative)

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I saw that... / -더라(고요)

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Word Builder 13 / 기 (機)

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No matter how… / 아무리 -아/어/여도

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What was it again? / 뭐더라?, 뭐였죠?

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I said … / -다니까(요), -라니까(요)

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They say …/-(느)ㄴ대요/-(이)래요

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They say … / -(느)ㄴ다던데요/-(이)라던데요

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Making reported questions / -냐고

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Sentence Building Drill 10

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Didn’t you hear him say … / -(ㄴ/는)다잖아요/-라잖아요

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Word Builder 14 / 정 (定)

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No matter whether you do it or not / -(으)나 마나

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Passive Voice + -어 있다 / To have been put into a certain state

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To be bound to + V / -게 되어 있다

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On top of …, in addition to … / -(으/느)ㄴ 데다가

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As long as / -(느)ㄴ 한, -기만 하면

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The thing that is called + Verb / -(ㄴ/는)다는 것

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So that …, to the point where … / -도록

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Sentence Building Drill 11

To be doable/understandable/bearable / -(으)ㄹ 만하다

In this lesson we are looking at an interesting sentence ending, -(으)ㄹ 만하다 and how it is used after verbs to form meanings like “to be worth doing”, “to be bearable” or even “to be understandable”. Listen in to learn more about it and be sure to practice by making your own sentences using -(으)ㄹ 만하다!

In this lesson we are looking at the structure -(으)ㄹ 만하다. This structure has a variety of meanings and it is very important to pay close attention to the context in order to understand what kind of meaning is intended.


Generally, -(으)ㄹ 만하다 means that there is enough reason or justification for a certain situation or that something is doable or possible, but mainly in the sense of being "bearable" to do.


Examples

가다 

→ 갈 만하다 [gal man-ha-da]

= to be possible to go

= to be worth going (and checking out the place)

= there is enough justifiable reason for one to go 


먹다

→ 먹을 만하다 [meo-geul man-ha-da]

= to be edible

= to taste okay (the taste is bearable)

= the taste is acceptable 


늦다

→ 늦을 만하다 [neu-jeul man-ha-da]

= to be forgivable for being late

= there is enough reason for being late


놀라다

→ 놀랄 만하다 [nol-lal man-ha-da]

= to be natural to be surprised/shocked

= there is enough reason for being surprisd/shocked


Sample Sentences

1. 그럴 만해요.

[geu-reol man-hae-yo.]

= It’s understandable to be so.

= It’s possible. 

= There is enough reason for it to be so. 


2. 그 사람은 인기가 있을 만해요.

[geu sa-ra-meun in-gi-ga i-sseul man-hae-yo.]

= There is enough reason that he is popular. 

= It’s understandable why he is popular.


3. 이 책 읽을 만해요?

[i chaek il-geul man-hae-yo?]

= Is this book worth reading?

= Is this book good?

= Do you recommend this book?


4. 괜찮아요. 참을 만해요.

[gwaen-cha-na-yo. cha-meul man-hae-yo.]

= I’m okay. It’s endurable.

= I’m okay. It’s bearable.


5. 가족끼리 한 번쯤 갈 만해요.

[ga-jok-kki-ri han beon-jjeum gal man-hae-yo.]

= (The place) is worth visiting once (or twice) with family.

In this lesson we are looking at an interesting sentence ending, -(으)ㄹ 만하다 and how it is used after verbs to form meanings like “to be worth doing”, “to be bearable” or even “to be understandable”. Listen in to learn more about it and be sure to practice by making your own sentences using -(으)ㄹ 만하다!
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