Level 3 Korean Grammar

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Too much, Very / 너무

2

Linking Verbs with -고

3

In front of, Behind, On top of, Under, Next to / 앞에, 옆에, 위에, 밑에, 뒤에

4

Shall we? / I wonder / -(으)ㄹ까요?

5

Approximately, About / 쯤, 약, 정도

6

Future Tenses / -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs -(으)ㄹ게요

7

Linking Verbs With -아/어/여서

8

To look like, To seem like / 같아요

9

To seem like, To look like (with verbs) / -ㄴ 것 같아요

10

Before -ing / -기 전에

11

ㅂ irregular / ㅂ 불규칙

12

But still, Nevertheless / 그래도

13

Making Adjectives / Descriptive Verbs + -ㄴ 명사

14

Making Adjectives / Action Verbs + -는/(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ + 명사

15

Well then, In that case, If so / 그러면, 그럼

16

Let’s / -아/어/여요 (청유형)

17

In order to, For the sake of / 위하다, 위해, 위해서

18

Nothing but, Only / 밖에 + 부정형

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After -ing / 다음에

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Even if, Even though / -아/어/여도

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Linking Verbs with -는데 / noun + -인데, adjective + -ㄴ데

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Maybe I might… / -(으)ㄹ 수도 있어요

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Word Builder 1 / 학(學)

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르 irregular / 르 불규칙

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Verb Ending / -네요

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ㄷ irregular / ㄷ 불규칙

27

Politeness Levels / 반말 and 존댓말

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“Let’s” in casual language / 반말

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ㅅ irregular / ㅅ 불규칙

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Word Builder 2 / 실(室)

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Test Your Korean

Maybe I might… / -(으)ㄹ 수도 있어요

In this lesson, we are introducing how to add the meaning of “might” or “could” to your Korean sentences. The structure used in doing so is -(으)ㄹ 수도 있다. Listen in to find out how to use it in natural contexts and also listen to various sample expressions.

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...”


Ex)

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.


Sample sentences

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.

In this lesson, we are introducing how to add the meaning of “might” or “could” to your Korean sentences. The structure used in doing so is -(으)ㄹ 수도 있다. Listen in to find out how to use it in natural contexts and also listen to various sample expressions.
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