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Beginner Korean: "I want", "I don't want"

My study notes on how to say "I want" and "I don't want in Korean, "Please give me", and verb stems. Particles -도 & -만

I want, I don't want

  • There are two ways to say "I want" in Korean. It all depends if you're using a noun or a verb.

Want: Noun + 을/를(object marking particle) 원합니다.

Don't want: Noun + 을/를(object marking particle) 원하지 않습니다.

Examples: 저는 음식을 원합니다. - I want food.

저는 음식을 원하지 않습니다. - I don't want food.

Want to: Verb Stem + 고 싶습니다.

Don't want to: Verb Stem + 고 싶지 않습니다.

Examples: 저는 과일을 먹고 십습니다. - I want to eat fruit.

저는 과일을 먹고 싶지 않습니다. - I don't want to eat fruit.

* These forms can only be used when talking about yourself, or whomever you are directly speaking to. Cannot refer to "he/she."

Chart made my myself to help find the verb stem of a verb.

Please give me...

Noun + (을/를) 주세요.

Example: 과일을 주세요. - Please give me fruit.

Particles -도 & -만

저도 - Me too

- "also, even, too" Replaces 는 in 저는. The meaning changes based on where you place the 도. It emphasizes "also, too, even" the noun or pronoun it follows.

Examples: 저도 과일을 좋아합니다. - I also like fruit. (others might like fruit). I also want fruit just like you do.

저는 과일도 좋아합니다. I like fruit too. (I might also like other things). I want fruit in addition to the other things I want.

- works similar to 도. It comes after a noun. It replaces the previous particle that was already there., but not the object marker. You can replace if you want.

Example: 저만 좋아합니다. - Only I like it.

저는 과일만 원합니다. - I want fruit only.

Original sentence: 저는 과일을 원합니다. I want fruit.

You can keep or omit the object marker if you want. Example: 저는 과일만을 원합니다. I only want fruit.

Example sentences:

저도 김지만 먹고 싶습니다. - I also want to only eat kimchi. 저도 고영이를 원합니다. - I also want a cat. 저는 차도 원합니다. - I want tea too. 저는 과일을 좋아합니다. 저는 바나나를 덜 좋아합니다.

I like fruit. I like bananas less. 저는 바나나만 먹고 싶지 않습니다.

I don’t want to only eat bananas. 저는 포도만 원하지 않습니다.

I don’t want only grapes.

자동차를 주세요 - Please get me a car.

하지만 - however , but. Used only at the start of a sentence.


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