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NOTE 2: TO BE/이다

To be: 이다

In Korean, there is one word to represent is/am/are/etc.: 이다.
이다 is not a verb, nor an adjective, but it does act like one.
Sentences with adjectives do not have objects in them. Only sentences with verbs have objects.

I eat rice (eat is a verb, the object is rice)
I love singing (love is a verb, the object is singing)
I study Korean (study is a verb, the object is Korean)
I listen to music (listen is a verb, the object is music)

All of those sentences have objects because there is a verb in the sentence. Sentences with adjectives:

I am pretty
I am cold
I am hungry
I am smart

I am a man – in Korean structure is:
I는 man am. Now use the words provided above for “man,” “I” and “am”

저 = I
남자 = man
이다 = am/is/are/(to be)

저는 남자이다.
I am a man.

Since there is no object in this sentence, 를 or 을 is not needed.

저는 ______이다 = I am a _______

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    NOTE 2: TO BE/이다

    To be: 이다

    In Korean, there is one word to represent is/am/are/etc.: 이다.
    이다 is not a verb, nor an adjective, but it does act like one.
    Sentences with adjectives do not have objects in them. Only sentences with verbs have objects.

    I eat rice (eat is a verb, the object is rice)
    I love singing (love is a verb, the object is singing)
    I study Korean (study is a verb, the object is Korean)
    I listen to music (listen is a verb, the object is music)

    All of those sentences have objects because there is a verb in the sentence. Sentences with adjectives:

    I am pretty
    I am cold
    I am hungry
    I am smart

    I am a man – in Korean structure is:
    I는 man am. Now use the words provided above for “man,” “I” and “am”

    = I
    남자 = man
    다 = am/is/are/(to be)

    는 남자다.
    I am a man.

    Since there is no object in this sentence, 를 or 을 is not needed.

    는 ______()다 = I am a _______

    A Tip,
    1. "이" in "이다" is only needed when the noun before "-(이)다" has a final consonant.
    2. "나는...(이)다" would be correct, and "저는...이에요/예요" or "저는 ...ㅂ니다"
    e.g.
    I am a man
    = 나는 남자다(informal, not polite)
    = 저는 남자예요(informal, polite)
    = 저는 남자입니다(formal, polite)


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