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LEVEL 6 LESSON 16
In this lesson, let us take a look at the suffix --. It is very commonly used in everyday Korean, but often not understood very well by learners, mainly because it has so many different meanings and usages.

Various Usages of -You can use -- to ask someones intention, to express what you are going to do, to talk about something that will happen, to show your assumption about something, or to talk about possibilities or capabilities. It is also often used in fixed expressions such as (= Nice to meet you.) and (= Thank you for the food.).

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-? / -? = Would you ? Would you like to ?

This usage is only used in very formal Korean. In more casual Korean, you would use -() ()? (Review Level 4 Lesson 2 for this grammar point). The honorific suffix -- is always used with -- in this usage.

Ex) ? [eo-di-ro ga-si-ge-sseo-yo?] = Where would you like to go?

Similar: ()?

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-- (used to express ones intention) = Im going to , Id like to ...

Mostly used in formal Korean, -- can also express ones intention to do something. In more casual Korean, the same meaning can be expressed through -()() (Review Level 3 Lesson 6 for this grammar point).

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LEVEL 6 LESSON 16
Ex) . [ je-ga ha-ge-sseum-ni-da] = Ill do it.

. [ma-ra-ji an-ke-sseum-ni-da] = I wont tell you.

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-- (used to express ones opinion/idea/assumption) = I think, I guess, I

assume
This is the most common usage of -- in casual and everyday conversation in Korean. You can use -- to show your opinion or assumption about something or what will happen, but you also give a nuance that you are somewhat careful with your opinion.

Ex) . [a-peu-ge-sseo-yo.] = That must hurt.

Ex) . [i-ge jo-ke-sseo-yo.] = I think this will be good.

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LEVEL 6 LESSON 16
. [neut-ge-sseo-yo.] = (I think) Youll be late.

** When you want to express your assumption or ask someone elses opinion about a possibility or a capability, you can use --.
Ex) ? [hon-ja-seo-do doe-ge-sseo-yo?] = Do you think you could handle it on your own?

. [ jeo-do deu-reo-ga-get-ne-yo.] = Even I would (be able to) fit in.

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-- used in fixed expressions

In addition to the usages above, -- is also commonly used in some fixed expressions.

Ex) . [al-ge-sseum-ni-da.] = I got it. I understand.

Ex) .

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LEVEL 6 LESSON 16
[mo-reu-ge-sseo-yo.] = I dont get it. I dont know. I am not sure.

Ex) . [him-deu-reo juk-ge-sseo-yo.] = Im so tired. This is so tough.

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