Korean Grammar

This page is a collection of links to my Korean grammar posts. If you’re a beginner, please start with the basics section!

LANGUAGE BITES (Non level-specific information)

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

 

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

Simple past tense conjugation

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

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

The many faces of 되다

The many faces of -(으)로

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

What’s the difference?? ~처럼 and 같다

 

INTERMEDIATE

(Almost) all about -다가! 

-다니 : Because you say… (Quote as a reason)

What’s the difference?? -는데 and -는 데

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

Noun modifier endings

Seems like… 것 같다

Looks like… -(으)ㄴ가 보다, -나 보다

Direct Quotations

 

ADVANCED

What’s the difference?? 만큼 and -느니만큼

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