- What, what kind of, what sort of
- Some, some kind of
As a question
Depending on the intonation, can mean either 'what' or 'what kind of.' If the sentence starts with a high pitch and ends with a downward intonation, then it is an interrogative pronoun meaning 'What ... ?' or 'What kind of ... ?' However if the rising intonation comes at the end, it is a indefinite pronoun meaning 'something.' See the examples below
|무슨 일이에요?||Up and then down||(insert audio)|| What's wrong?|
What's going on?
|무슨 일이에요?||Gradually rising||(insert audio)|| Is something wrong?|
Is something going on?
Used in Declarative Sentences
When 무슨 is used in declarative sentences it is a indefinite pronoun meaning 'something.'
- 무슨 is sometimes contracted as 먼 in informal situations (text messaging, talking to a friend, instant Messaging etc).
- 무슨 소리야 → 먼 소리야
- 무슨 말인지 몰라 → 먼 말인지 몰라
어떤 vs 무슨
Whats the difference?
- 무슨 소리에요? / 무슨 소리야? - What do you mean? What are you talking about?
- A/V + 기는 무슨
- N +는 무슨
As an interrogative pronoun:
As an indefinite pronoun