Welcome back, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written on advanced grammar, hasn’t it? Today, I’d like to share a grammar form that can help you complain more (at least maybe if you want to speak like a book)! Sometimes the world just seems to conspire against you. Every time you want to go to the amusement park, it rains! Every time you want to visit that nice-looking cafe that everyone has been telling you about, it’s closed! In those cases, we can complain about our misfortune with -(으)ㄹ라치면.
As mentioned above, this form is for complaining. More specifically, you can use it when every time you intend to do something, something else happens that makes it hard or impossible to do that thing.
This grammar is super-easy to use! Just slap -ㄹ라치면 onto an action verb root ending with a vowel or ㄹ. -을라치면 is for action verb root that ends with a consonant.
그 유명한 카페에 갈라치면 매번 휴업이에요! (Every time I mean to go to that famous cafe, they’re closed!)
모처럼 친구하고 만날라치면 친구가 아프다 해서 못 만나요. (Every time I mean to meet up with my friend, she gets is sick and can’t meet.)
이 소설을 읽을라치면 주변이 너무 시끄러워서 집중이 하나도 안 돼요. (Every time I mean to read this novel, it’s so noisy that I can’t concentrate at all.)
In simpler terms
-(으)ㄹ라치면 is not common in spoken Korean. It is more of a written form. If you want to make a spoken complaint to similar effect, you can use ‘-(으)려고 할 때마다’ or ‘-(으)려고 하면’.
그 유명한 카페에 갈려고 할 때마다 휴업이에요!
모처럼 친구하고 만나려고 하면 친구가 아프다 해서 못 만나요.