Level 3 Korean Grammar

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Too much, Very / 너무

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Linking Verbs with -고

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

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Shall we? / I wonder / -(으)ㄹ까요?

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Approximately, About / 쯤, 약, 정도

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Future Tenses / -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs -(으)ㄹ게요

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Linking Verbs With -아/어/여서

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To look like, To seem like / 같아요

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

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Before -ing / -기 전에

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ㅂ irregular / ㅂ 불규칙

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But still, Nevertheless / 그래도

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Making Adjectives / Descriptive Verbs + -ㄴ 명사

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

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

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Let’s / -아/어/여요 (청유형)

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

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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

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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

Verb Ending / -네요

You’ve probably heard this sentence ending a lot so far, in TV shows, movies, songs, etc. The sentence ending that we are looking at in this lesson is “-네요”. It is sometimes used in the exact same context as the plain sentence endings and therefore hard to tell the nuance. But not any longer if you listen to this lesson.

As you have seen so far, there are many different types of verb endings in Korean. They all have very specific rules and this one is no exception. If you change a plain sentence to the -네요 form, you indicate that you are expressing your impression, thought, or surprise. You may have heard this ending used in everyday Korean conversation as well as many Korean dramas. 


For example, if you just say “맛있어요,” it just means that “it is delicious.” However, if you say “맛있네요,” the sentence expresses that you are impressed or surprised by the taste. While “맛있어요” can mean the same thing when said with the right intonation, it cannot convey the same message when it is written.


Structure:

The conjugation is very simple. Just add -네요 after the verb stem or the past tense suffix.


Ex)

1)

크다 [keu-da] = to be big (verb stem = 크)

- 크 + 어요 = 커요 = It’s big. (fact)

- 크 + 네요 = 크네요 = (I see that) it is big. / (Oh, I didn’t know it was big, but) it is big. (expressing surprise)


2)

잘 어울리다 [jal eo-ul-li-da] = to suit someone well; to go well with someone

- 잘 어울리 + 어요 = 잘 어울려요. = It looks good on you. (fact)

- 잘 어울리 + 네요 = 잘 어울리네요. = Oh! I find that it looks good on you. (expressing your impression)


3)

맞다 [mat-da] = to be correct

- 맞 + 아요 = 맞아요 = It’s correct. (fact)

- 맞 + 네요 = 맞네요 = I see that it’s correct! (Finding out a fact for the first time.)


Sample Sentences

1. 여기 있네요!

[yeo-gi it-ne-yo!]

= Oh, here it is!


2. 이 드라마 재미있네요.

[i deu-ra-ma jae-mi-it-ne-yo.]

= I find this drama fun to watch.

** If you already know that this drama is fun and you are telling someone else that as a fact, you need to say “이 드라마 재미있어요.”


3. 별로 안 춥네요.

[byeol-lo an chup-ne-yo.]

= Well, it’s not that cold.


4. 아무도 안 왔네요.

[a-mu-do an wat-ne-yo.]

= Oh, look. Nobody is here yet.


5. 벌써 11월이네요.

[beol-sseo si-bi-rwo-ri-ne-yo.]

= Wow, it’s already November!

You’ve probably heard this sentence ending a lot so far, in TV shows, movies, songs, etc. The sentence ending that we are looking at in this lesson is “-네요”. It is sometimes used in the exact same context as the plain sentence endings and therefore hard to tell the nuance. But not any longer if you listen to this lesson.
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