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Is there a difference between "-ㄹ거예요" and "(으)려고하다"?

I have only ever used "-ㄹ거예요/ㄹ거야" ending for future tense plans, ie: I will do this/am going to do this

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Language


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    -ㄹ 거예요 and 려고 하다 are similar but there is a difference with the meaning.

    -ㄹ 거예요, you know is the form used for future tense, simple as that. But 려고 하다, may have the inclination that it will be done in the future, has an intention behind it. You can think of it as "planning to..."


    다음 주에 손목시계를 살 거예요. ( I will buy a watch next week.)
    다음 주에 손목시계를 사려고 해요. (I am planning to buy a watch next week)

    The first one implies that you will buy a watch next week, that you are set to buy one. But the second sentence implies that you may or may not buy a watch next week, but it is in your plans that you will. I hope you get the point. ^^

    I welcome these kinds of questions. It show itself how different Korean and English are and how hard each foreigner acquire it. :)

    For natives, two of them are almost same. Like "Will and be going to " but I think that will and be going to has slight difference and it's used in some different way. By thinking this way
    its a same process in ~ 할거에요 and ~하려고 하다


    I'd say ㄹ 거예요 has the nuance of "I'm going to (do something)", and (으)려고 하다 has the nuance of "I intend on/plan to (do something)".

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