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Is it necessary to use 은/는, 을/를, 이/가 in conversations?

What is the difference between topic/subject/object markers?

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I was wondering if they are omitted, is it understandable?

For learning: Korean
Base language: Korean
Category: Language


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    을/를 is often left out in daily conversation.

    나 오렌지 좋아해. I like oranges.
    나 피자 좋아해. I like pizza.

    But 은/는 and 이/가 can't be easily left out since they have very subtle implications. It's like English articles, we have a problem using them properly. Native speakers know instinctively when to use because they're grown up speaking and hearing the language, so what you can do about it is just exposing yourself constantly to Korean and trying to understand what's meant by those markers in the context. Slowly, you will be able to re-arrange mental gears and use them properly.

    A : 나 너 좋아해. I like you.
    B : 나도 너 좋아해. I like you too.

    A : 나 너는 좋아해. I like YOU. (but I may not like C)

    A : 아무도 날 안 좋아하는 것 같아. Nobody seems to like me.
    B : 나는 너 좋아해. ***I*** like you.

    A : 너 나 사랑해? Do you love me?
    B : 좋아는 해. I LIKE you. (but I may not love you)

    A : 난 피자가 좋아. In my case, pizza is good. (or just simply, "I like pizza)
    B : 나도. Me too.
    C : 나는 별로. In my case, it's not so good.

    -이/가 is an identifier.

    I think it's the most covered topic regarding korean. Do a search here or on google and you will find at least 173423 results covering these particles and their usages.

    1. '-이/-가' are particle for subject.
    2. '-은/-는' could be particle for subject and others.
    3. '-을/-를' are particle for object.

    And they can be omitted sometimes and never can sometimes. So it can be either way.

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