When you are uncertain about something, you always say ‘i think something something’. That’s a very useful phrase in any language. However, in the Korean language, it’s a bit different. Let’s see how the Korean language handles this uncertain something something.
Before you start this tutorial, check the nominalization tutorial first, that would help you to learn this faster.
I Think in Korean Language
‘I think’ is ‘ㄴ 것 같다’ in the Korean language. Yeah… probably you noticed it’d be a conjugation right? Because I wouldn’t make a tutorial for a single word. So yes, it’s a conjugation.
Let’s disassemble the expression ‘ㄴ것 같다’. ㄴ 것 is nominalization, ‘같다’ means ‘the same’ or ‘equal’. so all together, ‘it’s the same to something something’. Yeah… it really doesn’t seem like describing uncertainty but super certainty. But yeah, this expression describes uncertain opinions like ‘I think I want to lick your elbow’.
To conjugate, start from the dictionary form and remove the ending 다 and nominalize it and add 같다. Fortunately, the meaning is almost the same as ‘I think’ in English. So, you can use it without misunderstanding.
Think in Korean
If you translate ‘I think’ in the Korean language, that becomes ‘제 생각에는’ which means ‘in my thought’. Probably you’ve heard it a lot because it’s almost every Koreans’ talking habit and they even say ‘I think’ too many times when they speak English.
It’s because ‘I think ~’ is a polite way to express an opinion in the Korean language. The correct translation of 제 생각에는 is actually ‘in my opinion’.
Native Koreans often use both in the same sentence.
With 하다 Words
Also, ‘ㄴ 것 같다’ can be telling one’s opinion in a modest way just like English. So, you can use it for that too. Native Koreans use it a lot. like when I ask someone if something is ok, then they would probably answer me ‘I think it’ll ok’.
Conjugating 하다 words with ㄴ 것 같다 is the exact same to the nominalization. It always uses ‘하는 것 같다’ when it’s a verb. When it’s an adjective, use ㄴ 것 같다.
With 이다 Words
Especially, when you use ‘ㄴ 것 같다’ with adjectives in the Korean language, it’s more than the uncertainty. It’s more like giving an opinion carefully.
Conjugating 이다 words also follow nominalization rules in the Korean language. If it’s a verb, then 는 것 같다. If it’s an adjective or noun, ㄴ 것 같다.
Did you read the nominalization tutorial first? Then this tutorial must be very easy. We still have a few more things to learn. Btw, what time is it there? It’s getting darker? or brighter? How about learning ‘be getting + adjective’ next time? Let’s jump into the next tutorial! Also, if you liked this tutorial, join us in Patreon and get your rewards!
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