Tram Nguyen
What is "오니" and its meaning? I encountered the following sentences when reading a book of Yonsei University for TOPIK preparation as follows:
'공연이 시작된 후에는 공연장 입장이 불가하오니 서둘러서 입장해 주시기 바랍니다.'
I do not understand the role and the meaning of '오니' which follows right after '불가하다'. Could you please clarify this grammar point?

Thank you so much in advance.
May 6, 2018 7:26 AM
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불가하오니 is the same as 불가하니 or 불가하니까("because it is not possible/allowed") in meaning.

오 is a special suffix that makes certain verb endings sound more respectful, and thus suitable for when servants talk to their master for example, especially in the houses of high ranking officials in the old times.
In modern Korean, its usage is rare except in overly polite public notices as in your example.

Here are examples of the endings using 오 in the ancient times.
- 감사하옵니다 = 감사합니다.
- 바라옵니다 = 바랍니다.
- 그러하오면 = 그러면.

These are all but dead forms, so you shouldn't try to use it yourself.
May 6, 2018
@ Tony: Thankyou so much for your help :). I really appreciate it.
May 7, 2018
Tram Nguyen
Language Skills
English, Korean, Vietnamese
Learning Language
English, Korean