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Korean verb endings: 나요 Nayo Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Today, you will learn another verb ending which is “나요/Nayo” which expresses one’s wondering and supervise; it is for interrogative sentences and exclamation. The grammar pattern is “Verb + 나요 (먹다 + 나요 = 먹나요)”. When you use this verb ending, it sounds like you have really good Korean skills. In my personal opinion, more Korean women use this verb ending than Korean men. Let’s study by reading examples below.

To eat

먹다 + 나요 = 먹나요?   (It can be expressing surprise as well, for instance: “Is he eating again! 또 먹나요!”)

Past tense – 먹었다 + 나요 = 먹었나요?


To go

가다 + 나요 = 가나요? Are you going home? (Surprise: Are you already going home! 집에 벌써 가나요!)

Past tense – 갔다 + 나요 = 갔나요?


To watch

보다 + 나요 = 보나요? Are you watching a TV? (Surprise: Are you still watching a TV! 아직도 TV 보나요!)

Past tense: 봤다 + 나요 = 봤나요?

There is no future form with 나요.


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Soo came to America in 2002 for studying English and getting degrees in higher education. He’d never expected to work in America after he finished his college, but he got a great job in construction and had worked with them for three years. He also has working as a FT and PT Korean instructor and tutor for seven years in Korean and America. He got his TESOL certificate in 2011 and finished his master’s degree in 2014.