How to make a negative sentence in Korean?
If you’ve went through our ‘Korean Shortcut” video course, you’ll recognize these 4 patterns in the lesson “Top 10 sentence patterns to survive in Korea.” You need to know how to say ‘No’ if you’ve served live octopus, right?
This is usually use for action (verbs). Don’t eat, don’t jump, don’t sleep. Example:
Don’t eat it.
You’ll say this to close friends because this is in casual (반말) form. To use this pattern in polite form, you’ll say
Or if you want to sound even more polite, use this below. Because when you’re asking someone not to do something, you want to be a little polite so you don’t trigger a quarrel:
You add 안 in front of your word to make it into a negative word.
I’m not eating
Use this to make a negative description. You add ~지 않다 at the end of the word. For 안, you add this in front of your word. And they both means the same. Look at this example:
This is easy, right? Let’s jump straight to a sentence example:
I can’t hold it any longer.
P.S. Did you confused 참아 with sleep? It comes from the dictionary form 참다 (to wait/hold).
The Korean word for sleep is 잠다.
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Updated readers questions
What’s the difference between ~지 마 and ~지 마라?
Focus on using ~지 마. This is used in written or spoken.
하지마 (Don’t do it)
하지마라 (Don’t do it !!!!!)