Too much, Very / 너무
Linking Verbs with -고
In front of, Behind, On top of, Under, Next to / 앞에, 옆에, 위에, 밑에, 뒤에
Shall we? / I wonder / -(으)ㄹ까요?
Approximately, About / 쯤, 약, 정도
Future Tenses / -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs -(으)ㄹ게요
Linking Verbs With -아/어/여서
To look like, To seem like / 같아요
To seem like, To look like (with verbs) / -ㄴ 것 같아요
Before -ing / -기 전에
ㅂ irregular / ㅂ 불규칙
But still, Nevertheless / 그래도
Making Adjectives / Descriptive Verbs + -ㄴ 명사
Making Adjectives / Action Verbs + -는/(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ + 명사
Well then, In that case, If so / 그러면, 그럼
Let’s / -아/어/여요 (청유형)
In order to, For the sake of / 위하다, 위해, 위해서
Nothing but, Only / 밖에 + 부정형
After -ing / 다음에
Even if, Even though / -아/어/여도
Linking Verbs with -는데 / noun + -인데, adjective + -ㄴ데
Maybe I might… / -(으)ㄹ 수도 있어요
Word Builder 1 / 학(學)
르 irregular / 르 불규칙
Verb Ending / -네요
ㄷ irregular / ㄷ 불규칙
Politeness Levels / 반말 and 존댓말
“Let’s” in casual language / 반말
ㅅ irregular / ㅅ 불규칙
Word Builder 2 / 실(室)
Test Your Korean
Let’s look at the expression -(으)ㄹ 수도 있다 [-(eu)l su-do it-da]. In fact, this is a combination of two grammar points that we covered in our previous lessons:
1. -(으)ㄹ 수 있다 was introduced in Level 2 Lesson 17 and it means “can, to be able to”.
2 -도 was introduced in Level 2 Lesson 13 and it means “also, too”.
When these two expressions are combined into -(으)ㄹ 수도 있다, it means “it could...,” “it’s possible that...,” or “it might...” In order to understand why -(으)ㄹ 수도 있다 has such meanings, we first need to take a closer look at the expression -(으)ㄹ 수 있다. Basically, the word 수 [su] is a noun which, in this particular structure, means “way,” “method,” or “idea.” Therefore, -(으)ㄹ 수 있다 means “there is a way to do...,” “there is an idea for doing...,” or “there is a possibility for doing...” When the meaning of -도 [-do], which is “also” or “too”, is added to -(으)ㄹ 수 있다, the sentence takes the meaning of “there is also the possibility of...”
So, even though sometimes “-(으)ㄹ 수도 있다” COULD mean “to also be able to do something”, it usually means “it might,” “it could,” or “perhaps...”
1. 알다 [al-da] = to know (something/someone)
--> 알 수도 있다 [al su-do it-da] = might know (something/someone)
--> 제 친구가 알 수도 있어요. [je chin-gu-ga al su-do i-sseo-yo] = My friend might know (the person / the thing).
2. 만나다 [man-na-da] = to meet
--> 만날 수도 있다 [man-nal su-do it-da] = might meet
--> 내일 다시 만날 수도 있어요. [nae-il da-si man-nal su-do i-sseo-yo] = We might meet again tomorrow.
3. 작다 [jak-da] = to be small
--> 작을 수도 있다 [ja-geul su-do it-da] = might be small
--> 모자가 작을 수도 있어요. [mo-ja-ga ja-geul su-do i-sseo-yo] = The hat could be small.
1. 저 내일 올 수도 있어요.
[jeo nae-il ol su-do i-sseo-yo.]
= I might come here tomorrow.
2. 저 내일 안 올 수도 있어요.
[jeo nae-il an ol su-do i-sseo-yo.]
= I might not come here tomorrow.
3. 저 내일 못 올 수도 있어요.
[jeo nae-il mot ol su-do i-sseo-yo.]
= I might not be able to come here tomorrow.
4. 이거 가짜일 수도 있어요.
[i-geo ga-jja-il su-do i-sseo-yo.]
= This might be fake.
5. 정말 그럴 수도 있어요.
[jeong-mal geu-reol su-do i-sseo-yo.]
= It might really be so.