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Do you remember this post “Like or Don’t Like in Korean?” We explored one of the simplest ways to form interrogative sentences in Korean. All you had to do was to add a question mark to a declarative sentence and raise the intonation at the end of the sentence. In this post, we will learn about question words such as who, when, where, what, why, and how to form interrogative sentences in Korean.
The following is the list of basic Korean interrogatives and useful expressions: 누구 (who), 언제 (when), 어디 (where), 무엇/뭐 (what), 왜 (why), 어떻게 (how).
In addition to the above interrogatives, there are several more question words in Korean, such as 몇 (how many), 얼마나 (how long), 얼마 (how much). If you would like to ask questions in Korean, these question words will become very useful to communicate with native Koreans.
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1. 누구 (who)
ex) 이분은 누구세요? (Who is she/he?) – polite form
2. 언제 (when)
ex) 언제 만날까요? (When shall we meet?) – polite form
3. 어디 (where)
ex) 어디에서 만날까요? (Where shall we meet?) – polite form
어디가 아파요? (Where does it hurt?) – polite form
4. 무엇/뭐 (what)
ex) 이게 무엇이에요? = 이게 뭐예요? (What is this?) – polite form
5. 왜 (why)
ex) 왜 한국어를 공부해요? (Why do you study Korean?) – polite form
6. 어떻게 (how)
ex) 여기 어떻게 가요? (How can I get here?) – polite form
7. 몇 (how many)
8. 얼마나 (how long)
9. 얼마 (how much)