A + 게

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Adjective + 게: Adding 게 to a Korean adjective makes it function as an adverb.


  • The adverbs should be placed immediately before whatever it modifies.
  • Some of the adverbs used in Korean might sound awkward if literally translated in English, for example '맛있게 먹어요' means eat deliciously.
  • Many adverbs have their own form and don't need to be combined with this grammar.

Conjugation Rule

Conjugation Rule
Pattern Case Example
Rule 1: Adjective + 게 If there is no 받침 or if the adj/verb stem ends with a ㄹ 받침 크다 → 크게
Rule 2: Adjective + 게 If there is a 받침 at the end of the adj/verb stem 늦다 → 늦게

Sentence Examples

Korean English Notes
더 크게 말하세요. Please speak louder. Polite informal form
A : 어떻게 지냈어요?"
"B : 바쁘게 지냈어요.
A : How have you been?"
"B : I've been busy.
Polite informal form
방을 깨끗하게 청소했어요. I cleaned my room clearly. Polite informal form
영희는 예쁘게 생겼어요. Young Hee looks pretty. Polite informal form
기분 나쁘게 생각하지 마세요. 그냥 농담이었어요. Please don´t be offended. It was just a joke. Polite informal form
그 사람의 얼굴이 빨갛게 되었어요. His face turned red. Polite informal form
재미있게 놀자. Let's have fun. Low form(반말)
무례하게 행동하지 마세요. Don't act rude please. Polite informal form
우와, 맛있게 생겼네요. Wow, it looks delicious. Polite informal form
별이 밝게 빛나요. Stars twinkle brightly Polite informal form


  • Special pronunciation rule?

See Also

  • Related topic or grammar