Grammar directory

This page is a collection of links to Korean grammar posts that I personally have written. I hope you find something useful here 🙂

BASICS!! (Read in order, please!)

What’s the difference?? Honorifics vs. formality levels

High formality conjugation 하십시오체

Mid-formality conjugation 해요체

Low-formality conjugation 해체

What’s the difference?? -이/가, -을/를, and -은/는

BEGINNER

Compound subjects, objects, and verbs with -하고 and -고

More compound subjects and objects with -(이)랑 and -와/과

Expressing reasons : -아/어서, -(으)니까, -(ㅇ)ㄴ/는지

I’m ________ing — -고 있다, -아/어 있다, -는 중이다

The many faces of -(으)로

Simple past tense conjugation

When… -(으)ㄹ 때

Before and after— -기 전(에) and -(으)ㄴ 후(에)

Simple future tense

What’s the difference?? -고 있다 and -아/어 있다

Multiple particles on one word?

What’s the difference?? ~처럼 and 같다

To become (Adj) -아/어지다

To end up doing something -게 되다

INTERMEDIATE

(Almost) all about -다가!

What’s the difference?? -는데 and -는 데

-(으)러 and -(으)려고 – Expressing intent with and without movement

What’s the difference?? 만큼 and -느니만큼

Noun modifier endings

Seems like… 것 같다

Looks like… -(으)ㄴ가 보다, -나 보다

Direct Quotations

“On the other hand…” and “Instead of…”반면(에) and 대신(에)

Praise and blame — 덕분 and 탓

The more… — -(으)ㄹ수록

To that extent — -토록

ADVANCED

Even though… -기로서니

This isn’t what I expected! -건마는(건만)

Not only… but also… -거니와

Not only… but also… -(으)ㄹ뿐더러

“…would…but…” -(으)련마는

Never mind THAT… -기는커녕 (-은/는 고사하고)

Even if… -(으)ㄴ들 (-ㄴ/는다고 한들)

Rather than… -(으)ㄹ 바에 and -느니

On the verge of… -(으)ㄹ 지경이다

For sure! -고말고

The intentions were good, but… -(느)ㄴ답시고

Grammar Bites (Non level-specific information)

Useful sentence endings

What’s the difference?? 또 and 다시

Common errors made by Korean learners

What’s the difference?? 어느, 어떤, and 무슨

What’s the difference?? 있으시다 and 계시다

What’s the difference?? 이미, 벌써, and 벌써부터

What’s the difference?? 지금 vs 이제

Useful expressions- being blinded and playing innocent

What’s the difference?? 깜빡하다 vs 까먹다 vs 잊어버리다

What’s the difference?? 대답, 답변, 답장, 답안, and more

What’s the difference?? 문제, 문제점, and 문젯거리

Telling apart descriptive and action verbs

What’s the difference?? Making choices

이르다 and 이르다?!

The many faces of 되다

What’s the difference?? 구분, 분별, 분리, and 분류