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ㄴ들 ( 인들 )

I have come across both 난들 & 낸들 (short for 나라고 할지라도)

which one is the correct form?

Also, is ㄴ들/인들 quite common in spoken language or more a literature form?

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    The word 난들 consists of first person pronoun "나" and the particle "-ㄴ들", and the word 낸들 is formed with "나" and the particle "-인들". These two words are all correct.
    The word 내는 is formed with "나 + 이는". Here '이' is the subject marker, and '는' is aux particle. 내는 is equivalent to 나는, since '이' can be omitted behind/after a noun ended in a vowel. This is a contracton between vowels. For examples,

    내는, 나는
    내가, 나가
    네는, 너는
    네가, 너가

    The words "-ㄴ들", "-인들", "-은들", "-던들", and "-런들" are the particles or endings, referring to "-라고 할지라도", " -라고 하더라도", or"-라고 해서". They are often used in rhetorical interrogatives.

    Maybe, you can see these words from a Korean literature or TV drama. Regretfully and unfortunately , these words are treated as archaic words in recent Korean society. However, the old people still frequently use these words in their conversation.

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