Level 4 Korean Grammar

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The more … the more … / -면 -을수록

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Do you want to …? / -(으)ㄹ래요?

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It can’t be … / -(으)ㄹ 리가 없어요, 할 리가 없어요

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Verb ending -지요/-죠

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“당신” and “you”

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Word builder 3 / 동(動)

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It’s okay. I’m okay. / 괜찮아요

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It is okay to…, You don’t have to… / -아/어/여도 돼요, 해도 돼요

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You shouldn’t…, You’re not supposed to… / -(으)면 안 돼요, 하면 안 돼요

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Among, Between / 사이에, 사이에서, 중에, 중에서

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Anybody, Anything, Anywhere / 아무나, 아무도, 아무거나, 아무것도

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To try doing something / -아/어/여 보다, 해 보다

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Word builder 4 / 불(不)

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Sometimes, Often, Always, Never, Seldom / 가끔, 자주, 별로, 맨날, 항상

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Any / 아무 (part 2)

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Spacing in Korean / 띄어쓰기

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Word Contractions (part 1) / 주격 조사, 축약형

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Most, Best (superlative) / 최상급, 최고

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Less, Not completely / 덜

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Sentence Building Drill #1

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Spacing (part 2) / 띄어쓰기

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Word builder 5 / 장(場)

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Word Contractions (part 2)

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Much (more), Much (less) / 훨씬

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-(으)ㄹ + noun (future tense noun group) / -(으)ㄹ + 명사, 할 것

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-(으)ㄴ + noun (past tense noun group) / -(으)ㄴ + 명사, 한 것

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I think … (+ future tense) / -(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ/ㄴ 것 같다, 한 것 같다, 할 것 같다

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To become + adjective / -아/어/여지다

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To gradually/eventually get to do something / -게 되다, 하게 되다

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Sentence Building Drill #2

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Test Your Korean – Level 4 Dialogue in 100% Korean

It can’t be … / -(으)ㄹ 리가 없어요, 할 리가 없어요

안녕하세요! In this lesson, we are looking at how to say “it’s impossible that…” or “No way …” in Korean! Listen in to find out how to use this -(을) 리가 없어요 ending in natural contexts and be sure to practice with us by leaving comments!

Let’s look at the sentence structure -(으)ㄹ 리가 없어요.


Meaning

-(으)ㄹ 리가 없어요 means “it can’t be...” or “it is impossible that....”


Conjugation

Verb stems ending with a vowel + -ㄹ 리가 없어요.

Verb stems ending with ㄹ + 리가 없어요.

Verb stems ending with consonants other than ㄹ + -을 리가 없어요.


Meaning of “리”

리 means “reason” or “logic” and can be found in the words “이유” (“reason”) and “논리” (“logic”.) Therefore, the structure -(으)ㄹ 리가 없어요 literally means “there is no reason that …” or “there is no logic behind the fact that …,” and when it is translated into English, it means “it can’t be...” or “it is impossible....”


Ex)

1. 그렇다 is a common expression used everyday in Korean that means “to be so.” When 그렇다 is put together with verb endings, the consonant ㅎ is usually dropped.


그러 + ㄹ 리가 없어요 = 그럴 리가 없어요!

= It can’t be!

= It can’t be so!

= That’s impossible!


2. 눈이 오다 = to snow


눈이 오 + ㄹ 리가 없어요 = 눈이 올 리가 없어요!

= It’s impossible that it’s snowing!

= I can’t be snowing!


3. 모르다 = to not know


모르 + ㄹ 리가 없어요 = 모를 리가 없어요.

= It can’t be that he/she doesn’t know.

= It’s impossible that he/she doesn’t know.


Using -(으)ㄹ 리가 없어요 with the past and future tenses

You can put -을 리가 없어요 after the past tense suffix -았/었/였. It is always -을 리가 없어요 because the past suffixes always end in the consonant ㅆ.


Ex)

1. 가다 = to go

[present tense]

- 가 + -ㄹ 리가 없어요 = 갈 리가 없어요

= There’s no way that he/she is going/leaving.

= He/She will never go.

[past tense]

- 가 + -았 + -을 리가 없어요 = 갔을 리가 없어요

= There’s no way that he/she went.


2. 있다 = to be (somewhere)

[present tense]

- 있 + -을 리가 없어요 = 있을 리가 없어요

= There can’t be something.

= No way that it exists.

[past tense]

- 있 + -었 + -을 리가 없어요 = 있었을 리가 없어요

= It’s impossible that there was ...


For the future tense, the same structure as the present tense is used. You can simply add words that indicate that the sentence is talking about a future action or state.


Ex)

내일이 일요일 + -이 + -ㄹ 리가 없어요. = 내일이 일요일일 리가 없어요. 

= There’s no way that tomorrow is Sunday.


내일 눈이 오 + -ㄹ 리가 없어요. = 내일 눈이 올 리가 없어요.

= It’s impossible that it will snow tomorrow.


Sample sentences

1. 정말요? 그럴 리가 없어요!

= Really? That can’t be true!


2. 효진 씨가 안 왔을 리가 없어요.

= It’s impossible that Hyojin didn’t come.

= There is no way that Hyojin is not here yet.


3. 경은 씨가 노래를 할 리가 없어요.

= There is no way that Kyeong-eun is going to sing.

= It’s impossible that Kyeong-eun will sing.


4. 안 추울 리가 없어요. 지금 1월이에요.

= It’s impossible that it is not cold. It’s January now.


5. 이상하네요. 안 될 리가 없어요.

= It’s strange. There’s no way that it’s not going to work.

안녕하세요! In this lesson, we are looking at how to say “it’s impossible that…” or “No way …” in Korean! Listen in to find out how to use this -(을) 리가 없어요 ending in natural contexts and be sure to practice with us by leaving comments!
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