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Grammar pattern : Description


Conjugation Rule

Conjugation Rule
Pattern Case Example
Rule 1: V + ㄹ 수 없다 If there is no 받침 or if the adj/verb stem ends with a ㄹ 받침 자다 → 잘 수 없다
Rule 2: V + 을 수 없다 If there is a 받침 at the end of the adj/verb stem 먹다 → 먹을 수 없다

Sentence Examples

Korean English Notes
저는 기다릴 수 없습니다. I can't wait. Formal form
나는 그것을 믿을 수 없어. I can't believe it. Low form
나는 너를 이해할 수가 없어. I can't understand you. Low form
나는 더 이상 참을 수가 없어. I can't stand it anymore. Low form
김치는 너무 매워서 먹을 수가 없어요. Kimchi is too spicy, so I can't eat. Polite informal form
글씨가 너무 작아서 읽을 수 없어요. The characters are too small, so I can't read it. Polite informal form
너무 바빠서 전화를 받을 수가 없었어. I was too busy, so I couldn't asnwer the phone. Low form
한글을 읽을 수는 있지만, 한국말은 할 수 없어요. I can read Korean letters, but I can't speak Korean. Polite informal form
몸이 안좋아서 오늘은 일을 할 수 없어요. I'm not feeling well, so I can't work today. Polite informal form
밖이 시끄러워서 창문을 열 수가 없어. It's so noisy, so I can't open the window. Low form


  • Special pronunciation rule?

See Also