Level 5 Korean Grammar

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Almost did / -(으)ㄹ 뻔했다, 할 뻔했다

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-시- (honorific) / -시-, 하시다

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Good work / 수고

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I guess, I assume / -나 보다

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I guess, I assume – Part 2 / -(으)ㄴ가 보다

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Word builder 6 / 문(文)

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As soon as… / -자마자, 하자마자

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It is about to …, I am planning to … / -(으)려고 하다, 하려고 하다

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While I was doing, and then / -다가, 하다가

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(To say) that S + be / -(이)라고 + nouns

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Sentence Building Drill #3

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Noun + -(이)라는 + Noun / Someone that is called ABC / Someone who says s/he is XYZ

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Word Builder lesson 7 / 회 (會)

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Since, Because, As / -(으)니까

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At least, Instead, It might not be the best but… / -(이)라도

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Narrative Present Tense in Korean / -(ㄴ/는)다

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Quoting someone in Korean / -(ㄴ/는)다는, -(ㄴ/는)다고

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Whether or not / -(으)ㄴ/는지

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To tell someone to do something / Verb + -(으)라고 + Verb

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Sentence Building Drill #4

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Word Contractions - Part 3 (이거를 –> 이걸)

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Word builder 8 / 식 (食)

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It seems like … / I assume … / -(으)려나 보다

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Not A But B, Don’t do THIS but do THAT / 말고, -지 말고

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Compared to, Relatively / -에 비해서 -ㄴ/은/는 편이다 /

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Instead of … / 대신에, -는 대신에

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You know, Isn’t it, You see…, Come on… / -잖아(요)

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To have no other choice but to… / -(으)ㄹ 수밖에 없다

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they said that they had done …, they said that they would … / -았/었/였다고, -(으)ㄹ 거라고

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Sentence Building Drill #5

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Test Your Korean – Level 5 Dialogue in 100% Korean

It seems like … / I assume … / -(으)려나 보다

안녕하세요!! In this lesson, we are looking at how to use the structure “-(으)려나 보다”. It is a way of expressing your assumption about a future action that you “assume” someone is going to take or something that you “assume” will happen. Are you ready? Have fun!

In Lesson 4 of this level, you were introduced to the structure -나 보다 to use with action verbs, and in Lesson 8, you learned how to use  -(으)려고 하다. Combined, these two structures create -(으)려고 하나 보다. 


This structure can be shortened even further: 

-(으)려고 하나 보다 → -(으)려나 보다


Meaning: 

-(으)려나 보다 is a way of expressing your assumption about a FUTURE action which you “assume” SOMEONE is going to do or something that you “assume” will happen. For a similar meaning, you can use -(으)ㄹ 것 같다; however, -(으)ㄹ 것 같다 generally has a stronger meaning than -(으)려나 보다.

-(으)려나 보다 is used when making a statement based on what you saw and are talking about something that will happen in regards to people or animate things, whereas  -(으)ㄹ 것 같다 is used more for inanimate objects as well as animate things. -(으)려나 보다 is based on something a bit more obvious and is more of a “deduction” about something, whereas  -(으)ㄹ 것 같다 is more of a “hunch” about a thing; however, you sound more certain of your statement when using -(으)ㄹ 것 같다. 


Conjugation:

Verb stems ending with a vowel + -려나 보다 

Verb stems ending with a last consonant + -으려나 보다 


Ex)

1. 닫다 = to close 

닫 + -으려나 보다 = 닫으려나 보다 

→ 닫으려나 봐요. = I guess they are going to close it. / It looks like they want to close it. 

* 닫을 것 같아요. = I think they will close it. 


2. 걸어가다 = to walk somewhere 

걸어가 + -려나 보다 = 걸어가려나 보다 

→ 걸어가려나 봐요. = It looks like he is going to walk there. 

* 걸어갈 것 같아요. = I think he will walk there. 

** The act of just walking would be 걷다, but when traveling somewhere by walking, use 걸어가다.


Please note that  -(으)려나 보다 cannot be used for adjectives in infinitive form on its own since there is no intention for “being” in a certain state. Using -(으)려나 보다 to talk about the efforts of getting to a certain state, “becoming + adjective”, is accepted, but -(으)려나 보다 cannot be used for describing a state in which a person is in already. 


Ex)

예쁘다 = to be pretty 

예쁘려나 봐요. ← unnatural

예뻐지려나 봐요. = I guess he/she/it is going to become pretty.


깨끗하다 = to be clean

깨끗하려나 봐요. ← unnatural

깨끗해지려나 봐요. = It looks like it is going to become clean.


Sample Sentences

카페 문을 닫으려나 봐요. 

= I guess they are going to close the cafe.

* Verb in infinitive form: 닫다 = to close

** Even though it reads as 카페, it is typically pronounced as 까페.


지금 시작하려나 봐요. 

= It looks like they are going to start now.

* Verb in infinitive form: 시작하다 = to start


다 같이 들어오려나 봐요. 

= I guess they are all going to come in together. 

* Verb in infinitive form: 들어오다 = to come in 


가족하고 여행을 가려나 봐요. 

= It looks like she’s planning to go on a trip with her family. 

* Verb in infinitive form: 가다 = to go 


내일도 날씨가 추우려나 봐요. 

= It looks like the weather is going to be cold again tomorrow.

* Adjective in infinitive form: 춥다 = to be cold

** This is an exception. As you know, you cannot use -(으)려나 보다 with adjectives in infinitive form, but interestingly, natural Korean speakers have a tendency to use it with adjectives in infinitive form when talking about the weather.

안녕하세요!! In this lesson, we are looking at how to use the structure “-(으)려나 보다”. It is a way of expressing your assumption about a future action that you “assume” someone is going to take or something that you “assume” will happen. Are you ready? Have fun!
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