았/었 + 겠다

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Description

Adjective/Verb + 았/었 + 겠다 : This grammar pattern is used to convey supposition, conjecture, a guess, a thought or observation about something in the past. It can sometimes be translated as 'I think', 'I bet', 'I guess', 'It must have been ~'. This pattern can not be used to express the thoughts or supposition (etc) of a second or third person and must express the thought of the person saying or writing it.

Notes

  • To make a supposition or conjecture in the present tense, see A/V + 겠다.

Conjugation Rule

Sentence Examples

Korean English Notes
무거웠겠다. It must have been heavy for you. low form
애인이랑 좋은시간 보냈겠어요? You must have had good time wity your boyfriend, right? polite informal form
걔들이 살아있었으면 22살이 되었겠구나. They must have been 22, if they were not dead. low form
지금쯤 모두 잠이 들었겠다. Everyone must have been asleep. informal form
그 꼬마는 이제 20살이 되었겠다. He must have been twenty. informal form
그 남자는 이미 떠났겠다. He must have left already. informal form
많이 울었겠다. You must have cried a lot. low form
배고팠겠다. You must have been hungry. low form
우리는 늦었어. 수업이 끝났겠어. We are late. The class probably ended. low form
아기가 벌써 일어났겠어요. The baby must have woke up already. polite informal form


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