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쉽게 시작하지만 멈추기는 어렵다.


I'm confused about something that should be easy... I think.

사랑은 전쟁과 같다. 쉽게 시작하지만 멈추기는 어렵다.
Love is like war. Easy to start, but difficult to end.

If I want to reword the second part, I could say:

쉽게 시작하지만 어렵게 멈추다.

But if I want to reword the first part, I know that -기 쉽다 is an expression meaning "to be easy to...". -기 turns a verb into a noun form, but 시작 is already a noun. So what should it be?

시작하기는 쉽지만 멈추기는 어렵다. ??

시작하는 쉽지만 멈추기는 어렵다. ??

시작은 쉽지만 멈추기는 어렵다. ??


For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    You can follow this pattern, "Noun + ...이다 + but(..만) + Noun + ...이다"
    "시작", "시작하기", "멈추기" all are nouns.:)

    1.시작하기는 쉽지만 멈추기는 어렵다. (correct)
    2.시작하는 쉽지만 멈추기는 어렵다. (not correct)
    3.시작은 쉽지만 멈추기는 어렵다. (correct)

    #2 is not correct because "-ㄴ/는" modifies nouns, so it needs a noun between "시작하는" and "쉽지만".


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