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I often talk to a group of friends who lived in foreign countries and enjoy listening to their experiences of living abroad. Over the years, I learned that one of the survival phrases they learned quickly was “Don’t…” in different languages. I believe learning how to say, “Don’t…” in Korean will become useful when you travel to Korea or simply try to understand K-dramas. In this post, I will explain how to say, “Don’t…” in two different ways in Korean.
There are several ways to compose negative sentences in the Korean language. As I explained in an ealier post, “Like or Don’t Like in Korean”, especially in colloquial Korean, you can simply turn a positive statement into a negative one by adding “안 ” to a verb or to an adjective.
ex) 저는 커피를 좋아해요. : I like coffee. – Polite
[jeo-neun keo-pee-reul jo-ah-hae-yo]
ex) 저는 커피를 안 좋아해요. : I don’t like coffee. – Polite
[jeo-neun keo-pee-reul ahn jo-ah-hae-yo]
ex) 신발이 비싸요. : Shoes are expensive. – Polite
ex) 신발이 안 비싸요. : Shoes are not expensive.– Polite
[shin-bal-ee ahn bee-ssa-yo]
The following explanations refer to how to say negative imperative forms, “Don’t + Verb” in Korean: Knowing how to say “–지 마세요” and “–지마,” will be useful when you need to request or command someone not to do something in Korean.
Here are some essential phrases, using Don’t +Verb” in Korean.
Here is one more sentence of “–지 마세요” in Korean: “Don’t forget to study Korean, please.”
“한국어 공부하는 거 잊지 마세요!” [han-gook-eo gong-boo-ha-neun guh it-ji ma-se-yo]
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