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Q. What does 그런 mean and where does it come from?
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Do you remember what 그 means? I’ve mentioned of it several times in previous tutorials. Can you tell me what it is
Perfect Explanation for 그런 meaning in Korean
That kind of
그런 is very similar to 그렇게 but it’s an adjective. 그런 means ‘status, shape, character, property or such things is same to THAT’. It’s almost same to ‘like that’, ‘such as’ or ‘that kind of’. However, since it’s an adjective, it can be used only before a noun. For example. 그런 모양 (that kind of shape), 그런 방법 (that kind of method).
그 vs 그런
If you know 그 and 그런 both, maybe it confuses you very much because both can be translated as ‘that’. However, the nuance can be slightly different. 그 describes a precise thing and 그런 describes everything similar to what you are talking about. I’ll show you 2 examples.
그런 사람 하고 이야기하지마
Don’t talk to him
그 사람하고 이야기하지마
Don’t talk to him
그런 사람 and 그 사람 are perfectly natural to be translated as ‘him’. However, ‘a person like him’ is more natural when you translate 그런 사람.
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그런 방법으로는 안돼요
It can’t be done with that kind of method
Then what should we do?
이 영화 볼래요?
Do you want to watch this movie?
그런 영화는 별로예요
I don’t like that kind of movies
You don’t like that kind of thing?
네? 이거 개똥인데…
What? It’s a doggy poop…
So, you don’t like it
As ‘In That Manner’
When you use 그런 to complement a method or a way to do something, it’s more natural to translate ‘그런’ as ‘in that manner’ or ‘in that way’, not ‘kind of’. In this case, 그런 isn’t much vague.
그런 방법이 있었네요
I didn’t know that solution
= 그런 doesn’t mean ‘that kind of’