(으)ㄹ 리가 없다

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Adjective/Verb + (으)ㄹ 리가 없다: This pattern is equivalent to the phrase 'There is no reason why...' or 'There is no reason (to) ~.' It is used to express disbelief, skepticism or doubt.

This pattern (negative form) must be used as a declarative statement and cannot be used as an interrogative statement. To use as an interrogative statement one must use the positive form A/V + (으)ㄹ 리가 있다.

Conjugation Rule

Conjugation Rule
Pattern Case Example
Rule 1: Adjective/Verb + ㄹ 리가 없다 If there is no 받침 or if the adj/verb stem ends with a ㄹ 받침
Rule 2: Adjective/Verb + 을 리가 없다 If there is a 받침 at the end of the adj/verb stem



Conjugation Examples

  • 하다 → 할 리가 없다
  • 가다 → 갈 리가 없다
  • 늦다 → 늦을 리가 없다
  • 먹다 → 먹을 리가 없다

Sentence Examples

Korean English Notes
해결책이 없을리가 없어. There must be a solution. low form
그렇게 똑똑한 사람이 그런일을 할리가 없어요. A man so clever as he is not likely to do such a thing. polite informal form
그 소문은 사실일리가 없어. The romor couldn't be true. low form
그 사람이 그런짓을 했을리가 없어. She cannot have done such a thing. low form
늦을리가 없어. There is no reason for delay. low form
그 사람이 병에 걸렸을리가 없어요. He cannot have been ill. polite informal form
니가 그것을 몰랐을리 없어. It's hardly possible that you don't know about it. low form
걔가 영어를 잘 할리가 없어. It's hardly possible that he speaks good English. low form
그 사람이 그 약속을 잊을리가 없어요. It's hardly possible that he would forget the plan. polite informal form
우리 아들이 길을 잃을리 없어. My son must not be lost. low form


Exceptions

  • Example


Pronunciation

  • This grammar should be pronounced as one word (i.e. 갈리가), therefore the ㄹ in 리가 is pronounced like an /l/ sound rather than an /r/ sound.

See Also

red book 115 yonsei pg 40 snu level 4 pg 18