굳이 Meaning in Korean

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“굳이” 영어로 표현하면 어떻게 돼요??


He or she, I’m not so sure, anyway, this student asked me how to say 굳이 in English. Wait a minute… I just realized this person spoke a perfect Korean in a very Korean way… That’s how we say :O. Anyway, that’s a really great question and every great questions are super tricky to answer and make me spend hours to do researches lol. So, what is 굳이 meaning in Korean? No reason to waste our time. Let’s find out! Today’s tutorial is 굳이 Meaning in Korean!

Warm Up Your Brain

‘굳이 그거 해야돼요?’ means ‘do you really have to that?’. Can you guess what 굳이 means?

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굳이 Meaning in Korean




굳이 is an Korean expression that English doesn’t have. It’s an adverb that means ‘on purpose with an effort’. Well… that’s what Korean dictionaries say. The real meaning is ‘you do something that you don’t really have to or that you better not to’


굳이 is very often used with sentences of obligation such as ‘need to’, ‘have to’ or ‘should’. Maybe it’s not an necessary word to deliver your message but it builds your tone more clear.

Pronounciation of 굳이

There is an important thing you have to know about the pronunciation of 굳이. ‘ㄷ’ is ‘d’ in Korean right? So, it has to be pronounced as [gudi]. However, the real pronunciation of 굳이 is [guji]. ㄷ suddenly turns into ㅈ[j]. It’s an irregular pronunciation. Don’t forget it when you use 굳이 in speech.



How To Use

A: 잠깐만요
Wait a minute
B: 굳이 그걸 꼭 지금 해야돼요?
Do you really need to do this now?


A: 제가 할게요
I’ll do it
B: 굳이 안하셔도 돼요
You really don’t have to do this yourself


A: 어디로 여행가고 싶어요?
Where do you want to travel?
B: 굳이 정해야한다면 저는 집이요
If I have to choose, then my home.

In A Negative Tone

굳이 often has a negative, annoyed nuance. Not always but often. It happens especially when you make an interrogative sentence : ‘Do you have to -’ or ‘Did you do -’. It sounds like someone’s action bothers you very much. Be careful a bit when you use it.


굳이 그걸 했어야 했어요?
Did you really have to do that?

Vocabulary Note

잠깐만 [jamjjanman] : a while / a moment
그걸 [geugeol] : that [objective pronoun]
꼭 [ggok] : must (adverb)
지금 [jigeum] : now
해야되다 [heyadoida] : to have to
안하다 [anhada] : to not do
-도 되다 [do doida] : to be able to do
어디 [deodi] : where
여행 [yeoheng] : travel / trip
가다 [gada] : to go
– 싶다 [sipda] : to want to do –
정하다 [jeonghada] : to choose / decide
-면 [myeon] : if
집 [jip] : home / house