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How to Say “While” in Korean (Part 1) Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today, you are going to learn how to use “While” in Korean, the grammar pattern is “V.S. + (으) 면서.” Remember this is the same person does both action.  For instance, “I watched a TV program while I was on the phone” is good, but  you can’t say “I watched a TV program while she was on the phone.”  “V.S. + (으) 면서” is for the same person does both action, you can’t add another person in a senctence.   Please read examples how to use “V.S. + (으) 면서” with the action verbs below.

먹다 – 먹으면서

자다 – 자면서

보다 – 보면서

읽다 – 읽으면서

쓰다- 쓰면서

만나다 – 만나면서

운동하다 – 운동하면서

**걷다 – 걸으면서

타다 – 타면서

As you see the examples above, you use 으 with consonant ending such a 먹다 – 먹으면서. Try to make your own sentences such a “I saw her while riding a car/나는 차를 타면서 그녀를 보았다”





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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.