1000 Korean words for everyday use – Basic vocabulary from K-dramas #27

Welcome back. This is the 27th post in the series of 1000 Korean words for everyday use by analyzing the word frequency of more than 1,000 episodes of Korean dramas.

Today, let’s explore the meaning and context of 5 key Korean words “혼자, 크다, 보내다, 미치다, 바로” with sample sentences.
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Basic Korean words : 혼자, 크다, 보내다, 미치다, 바로


131. 혼자 [hon-ja] – alone, by oneself

– 혼자 [hon-ja] means “alone” or “by oneself”, indicating the state of being without others.

Example sentences:

혼자서 해결해야 해요. I have to solve it by myself.


132. 크다 [keu-da] – to be big, to be large

– 크다 [keu-da] means “to be big” or “to be large” and 큰 [keun] is its adjective form.
– 크게 [keu-ge] is its adverb form and emphasizes a significant degree of size or magnitude.

Example sentences:

그 건물이 정말 커요. That building is really big.
이제 다 컸네. You’re all grown up now.
크게 신경 쓰지 마세요. Don’t worry too much about it.


133. 보내다 [bo-nae-da] – to send

– 보내다 [bo-nae-da] means “to send” something to a specific destination.

Example sentences:

편지를 보내야겠어요. I need to send a letter.


134. 미치다 [mi-chi-da] – to go crazy, to be insane

– 미치다 [mi-chi-da] refers to the state of “going crazy” or “being insane”.

Example sentences:

이 문제로 미칠 것 같아. I feel like I’ll go crazy because of this problem.


135. 바로 [ba-ro] – right away, directly

– 바로 [ba-ro] means “right away” or “directly”, indicating immediate action.
– 똑바로 [ttok-ba-ro] describes something done “straight” or “properly”.

Example sentences:

문제를 바로 풀어 보세요. Try to solve the problem immediately.
똑바로 서세요. Stand up straight.


Grammar & Study Resources

Here’s an explanation of the “verb/adjective + modifier + 것 같아요” grammatical pattern along with sample sentences:

The grammatical pattern “verb/adjective + modifier + 것 같아요” is used to express predictions or assumptions about a situation. It’s similar in meaning to phrases like “seems to be”, “I think” or “to be likely to” in English. This pattern indicates that something seems to be happening, may have happened or is likely to happen in the future.

Here’s how it works with different tenses:

Present tense: ~는 것 같아요 [~neun geot gatayo] :
This form is used to express that something seems to be happening right now.
Example: 비가 오는 것 같아요. (It seems to be raining.)

Past tense: ~ㄴ/은 것 같아요 [~n/eun geot gatayo] or 았/었을 것 같아요 [at/eosseul geot gatay] :
This form is used to express that something seems to have happened in the past.
Example: 어제 늦게 왔던 것 같아요. (It seems you were late yesterday.)

Future tense: ㄹ/을 것 같아요 [l/eul geot gatayo] :
This form is used to express that something is likely to happen in the future.
Example: 내일 비가 올 것 같아요. (It looks like it will rain tomorrow.)

This pattern can be added at the end of sentences and is versatile in all three tenses. It’s a useful way of expressing predictions or assumptions about situations and adds depth to your Korean.

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